History of Judi's House
When former NFL quarterback Brian Griese was seven years old, his mother Judi was diagnosed with breast cancer. After she died five years later, Brian found himself at a dangerous time in which his anger and profound sadness were coming out in ways that had the potential to be destructive.
Along Brian’s path to healing, he realized that he wanted to give back to children and teens who were also grieving the loss of a parent, sibling, or other loved one. He and his wife, Dr. Brook Griese, a clinical psychologist specializing in childhood trauma and loss, founded Judi’s House — a safe, comfortable place where children and families could come to receive compassionate support and connection with peers.
Judi’s House is the only free-standing organization in the Metro Denver area devoted solely to supporting grieving children and their families. Since 2002, the behavioral health professionals on staff at Judi’s House have provided free care to more than 8,000 children and caregivers toward our vision that no child should be alone in grief. We believe that investing in these children will help them build resilience and the coping skills they need to adjust to their loss, and handle future challenges.