Full Circle Grief Center was established in September 2008 by Allyson England Drake, M.Ed., CT, as a comprehensive grief resource center for children, adults, and families. Full Circle Grief Center provides comprehensive, professional bereavement support in Central Virginia. We are very unique in our bereavement approach. Everyone who needs support after loss is welcome at Full Circle.

Mission Statement

To provide comprehensive, professional bereavement support to children, adults, families, and communities in Central Virginia.


Full Circle empowers our local community to grieve in a healthy way.


Full Circle’s bereavement support can help children, adults, and families:

Normalize their grief experience.

Learn healthy coping strategies.

Develop peer support and decrease isolation.

Identify at risk or suicidal behavior.

Increase communication between family members and friends.

Prepare for future losses and find ways to remember loved ones.


Full Circle is very unique in its approach to bereavement care. 

We serve residents in the Central Virginia area and Full Circle is the only organization in our area that offers: 

Bereavement groups for extended families and concurrent peer groups.

Professionally-led suicide loss groups and perinatal loss groups.

Bereavement support to grieving students at their inner-city school or community organization.

Professionally-designed grief support programs combined with creative expression.

At Full Circle:

Families and Individuals Find:

Trained, nurturing grief counselors
Supportive peer groups
Creative outlets
Acceptance of experiences and feelings
Opportunity to play
A chance to remember and commemorate their loved one

We Believe In:

Power of the group process
Benefits of creative expression
Importance of groups being facilitated by experienced professionals
Need to assist the entire family, not just the child
Importance of providing grief support to all individuals, regardless of ability to pay