Because of people like you, the Center is here.
Thanks to you, hundreds of children and adults won't be alone with the loss and pain of grief, as the year draws to a close. They will find loving support at the Center for Grieving Children, because you have been kind enough to contribute to our work.
"His last words were, 'I love Jess.'"
Cathy and her daughter Jess came to the Center after a loss reminding us that families can often feel unprepared for a loved one's death, even if the person has been ill.
"After his three-year battle with leukemia, the day came unexpectedly," Cathy told us. "I thought it was going to be just another routine trip to the hospital, so I sent my daughter, Jess, off to school, and told her not to worry, her daddy would be O.K."
But after that, everything happened--fast--ambulance, red lights, and the hospital, where a doctor told Cathy her life's partner would die that day. Cathy was able to say goodbye. "His last words were, 'I love Jess.'"
Effective, commpasionate grief support for young people is hard to find.
For every seven children you may know, more than one faces the death of a parent, a brother, or a sister. The loss of a parent/primary caregiver threatens a child's safety. Unless young people get suitable grief support, they are more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression, have problems in school, abuse alcohol and drugs, and die by suicide.
That's why your gift to the Center this year is essential.
Says Cathy, "At the Center my daughter and I felt understood, loved, and cared for. It was almost like magic."
Investing in the Center means you help children and adults discover their resilience and recover hope.
Thank you to Cathy and Jess for sharing their Center story with the community.