The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing is a nonprofit agency that has been providing mental health services to children and families since 1977. The Wendt Center serves people throughout the Washington D.C., metropolitan area who have experienced the death of a loved one or are living with life-threatening illness. Individual counseling, grief support groups, a summer grief camp for children, and training for mental health professionals are at the heart of the Wendt Center services. The Wendt Center started the D.C. Homicide Coalition in the city and now operates the D.C. Crisis Response Team, which has more than seventy volunteers and responds to all homicides. In 1999 the Wendt Center created the first program in the United States to provide on-site grief counseling to families who must visit the city morgue to identify a deceased loved one. Through this work the Wendt Center has developed an expertise in serving children from families who have experienced a traumatic death.