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Good Grief to Expand Night of Support Programs

For 15 years, Good Grief has provided free programming for grieving families, raised awareness by delivering education about childhood bereavement and the importance of building resilience in children,  and empowered communities to grow from grief and adversity.

 

Over 750 participants from 165 communities throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania benefit from Good Grief’s Nights of Support in Morristown and Princeton centers and their Jersey City and Newark satellite locations. With a 14% growth in family enrollment last year, Good Grief is helping more families than ever. That growth is expected to double by September.

 

This increase in enrollment requires Good Grief to open an additional Night of Support at both their Morristown and Princeton centers. These new Nights of Support will allow for an additional 60 families in the first year and approximately 400 families over the next 5 years.  Good Grief’s nationally respected, evidence-based Nights of Support program drastically decreases the risk factors associated with childhood bereavement—including toxic stress, depression, obesity, anxiety, and suicide—making program growth necessary for every community.

 

“The great thing about Good Grief is that you are not alone. There are multiple kids around you who understand your pain and know what you are going through. These kids become your friends - your family,” says Imani, an 11-year-old participant. Good Grief’s programs reduce isolation, teach resilience, and create a safe environment for remembering and sharing one’s grief story and developing a sense of possibility and hopefulness for the future.

 

To grow Nights of Support, Good Grief is calling for 40 new volunteers to sign up to change their lives by empowering grieving kids and families. New facilitator trainings will be held from July 26-29 in Morristown, and August 9-12 in Princeton. “As a Facilitator, I am deeply connected to the vision and mission of Good Grief. That connection stays with me outside of Good Grief – the experience has taught me to be a better listener, to know what it means to be present for someone else, and what a gift that can be to someone who is suffering from loss. Turns out it’s a gift to me too—to see the progress in my participants over time, to hear their voices get stronger. I leave each Night of Support with perspective and gratitude,” says Susan, a Good Grief volunteer.

Good Grief relies on private support to keep programs free for all grieving families. Good Grief needs to raise $200,000 to cover the costs of adding two Nights of Support that can help many more families. There are wonderful opportunities for corporate and community partners to give support by sponsoring fun events such as Good Grief’s upcoming fall gala, and individuals are encouraged to make a difference through gifts of any amount.

 

Jeff, a Good Grief dad participant, shares about the importance of Nights of Supports for grieving families: “Since Liz passed away, Good Grief has been an amazing community for me and my son. It’s a place that lets us feel less alone in our grieving process and facilitates a strong support network for grieving families. Personally, it has helped in creating my ‘new normal’ from losing a spouse and being an only parent. Our journey is ongoing, and it is surrounded by love. I am forever grateful for those who have helped and continue to help us along the way.”

 

Good Grief now needs the community’s help to spread the word about their growing Nights of Support program, their rewarding opportunities for volunteers, and community partners to help support this critically important cause. Together, we can ensure that no child ever has to grieve alone.

 

For more information on Good Grief’s programs, to volunteer, make a gift, or help spread the word, visit www.good-grief.org/expansion or contact info@good-grief.org.

 

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