To protect something highly unusual in today's world: free service for families. Free service, without time limits.
Sky-high bills and lost income are frequently among the results of illness and death. On a daily basis, the Center receives calls from families facing alarming financial challenges at the same time they're enduring painful loss and grief.
It costs the Center $2,500 to serve a family receiving peer support for a year. Yet we remain committed to free service -- to make sure there are no barriers when people need us.
Questions? Call (207) 775-5216 or email@example.com.
Thanks to Nancy Thompson and her family for so generously sharing their story.
At this time of year back in 2004, my family’s life was extra busy. Two kids were in college for their junior and senior spring semesters, and two others were in middle school, involved with sports and other activities. But the busiest child of all was our son Timmy, a high school senior and a kid known for always being in motion ever since he could crawl. A lot of people knew Timmy. They knew him for his outgoing personality, his love of lacrosse and other sports, and his involvement with friends and the community.
But that spring, something started going wrong. Every day seemed to get longer and longer for Timmy as he approached final exams, spring prom, and graduation.
My husband and I knew we needed to get Timmy help from mental health professionals, and we set up appointments, with the first one scheduled for Monday, July 26.
But Timmy never made it to this appointment. He took his life, in our home, on Saturday, July 24. His father and I and all of his siblings were there. We were shattered.
There is so much more I could tell you about how the Center got us through “picking up the pieces.” Grief support helped our family emerge from our tragedy still able to face challenges and experience joy, while keeping our memories of Timmy with us, always.
That’s what your financial gifts to the Center make possible. The Center renewed us and helped restore hope for our family and community.
I thank you for your past support of the Center, and ask you today to renew your commitment to this unique, magical place, funded entirely by individuals and the community. Please help make sure the Center can be there with free service that guarantees no family is ever denied help because they can’t afford to pay for it.
In my son’s memory, I am proud to ask you to continue your active support of the Center.
Nancy E. Thompson
President, Board of Directors
The Center for Grieving Children