Editor’s Note: We introduced you to Good Grief in January, a nonprofit helping Princeton families cope with the loss of a child or parent. In just 6 months, the Princeton program has reached capacity, and is ready to expand and offer its free services to more Princeton area families. Our community can help! Read on about an exciting local fundraiser to help Good Grief expand its critical programming.
The National Alliance for Grieving Children estimates that 1 out of 7 children will lose a parent or sibling before the age of 20. That means that 20,000 kids in New Jersey are affected by this loss each year. Good Grief is in Princeton to help grieving families across Central NJ and Eastern Pennsylvania!
Good Grief’s mission is to normalize grief in our communities through education, advocacy, and year-round programs for grieving children, teens, and families coping with loss due to the death of a parent or sibling. Our programs are FREE OF CHARGE, and families are able to receive our support for as long as they need it.
Good Grief Associate Executive Director Joe Primo, said “the expansion is meant to meet an unaddressed need in the area, offering a place where children can talk directly with their peers about their feelings.”
“From our perspective, grief and loss is a new vocabulary, and people are trying to understand and articulate it, so we try to create a space where they can explore their feelings and try to understand how and why this happened,” Primo said. “The program is very much about the children building coping skills for the rest of their lives and doing so by building relationships with peers who understand them.”
Good Grief is working to reach 500 children in the area, annually, offering support for those who have lost loved ones through homicide, suicide, accidents and health problems.
“Even though we all experience grief, we put time limits on it as a society.” Primo said. “That’s just not helpful because grief is a lifelong experience, and we all learn to manage it and look at it differently.”
Good Grief opened its first satellite in Princeton on February 20, 2013. Since opening, we’re already serving over 25 families. We need to continue expanding in order to help more children, as the need is tremendous. Currently, we are working to build capacity and serve an additional 25 families starting in September. The Ivy Inn is charitably holding a fundraiser for Good Grief on June 15, 2013. This event will run from 2:00pm-6:00pm and will include an open bar, live music, light fare and door prizes.
“If this group had existed when I was younger, it would’ve been a game-changer,” said Corinne Meirowitz, one of 14 volunteers that facilitate groups in Princeton. Now 23, Meirowitz lost her mother when she was 15 years old.
“To normalize grief and be able to talk about it openly with people who want to talk about it, and just to realize there are people who care about you, that means everything,” she said.
In order to ensure that no child is left to grieve alone, we are committed to tirelessly building a caring and supportive place for hearts to mend. Join the Princeton community as it cares for its grieving children!
Help Good Grief raise funds to provide free programs to grieving children! Buy your tickets today by clicking HERE!