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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.'"
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.
Thank you to Cathy and Jess for sharing their Center story with the community.