Tu Nidito exists to create a community of acceptance and understanding regarding children in grief. It is our vision that no child grieves alone. As a non-profit organization specializing in providing free of charge emotional support to children, teens, young adults and families impacted by the diagnosis of a serious medical condition or death of someone special, Tu Nidito recognizes that:
Tu Nidito provides individual and group support and operates on the belief that it is valuable for grieving families to share their stories, memories, experiences and feelings with others who are going through a similar situation. Support resources for the community also include professional workshops, intervention services, phone consultations, referrals, and written resources relating to grieving children and teens, and their families.
We are here to help families during unimaginable times and provide skills to navigate personal grief journeys. Services are offered in both English and Spanish.
Tu Nidito has over a 20-year history of serving Southern Arizona. Since the heartfelt beginning in 1994, when a small group of parents, doctors and community members created the concept for Tu Nidito, we have focused on producing high quality programming and evolving to meet the needs of the grieving community. In 1996 Tu Nidito first started serving our community’s families and in 2000 merged with Children to Children, bringing with it an expanded mission and providing a full continuum of support for grieving families. Our rich history shows the continued focus on listening to the needs of the community and being there to ensure that no child grieves alone.
Tu Nidito is named in honor of Jimmy Busey. At the age of 5 Jimmy was diagnosed with a primitive neuroectodermal tumor. Throughout his illness, his devoted mother, Teri, always made him a space of comfort in the corner of the family sectional couch, calling this space his “little nest.” Throughout all the changes his illness caused, Teri made sure that this space was always there for Jimmy. Despite the efforts of medical treatments, Jimmy died right before the end of first grade. At this time the concept of Tu Nidito was forming and there was no better name than Tu Nidito or ‘your little nest’ to convey the mission and spirit of Tu Nidito and honor a special family.