When my husband Jake died suddenly in August 2015, my first priority was to ensure that my daughter Melody was cared for, both in body and mind. Her pediatrician and my therapist both recommended Good Grief. It's not easy for me to articulate how much this organization has done for the two of us. The children's support group normalizes the language and experience of death. The parent support group was a haven for me to be with people who have shared my experiences as a parent who has lost a spouse. Because of Good Grief, we can discuss Jake's death in plain and healthy ways and Melody knows she's not the only kid who has lost her dad.
Last June we decided it was our time to end our active participation in Nights of Support. The foundation these nights gave us for four years gave us the tools we needed to continue remembering Melody’s dad in a healthy way.
As Good Grief alumni, we recognize the need to continue to support the work of Good Grief so they can continue to help grieving families. I still run in memory of Jake. I still run in support of Melody and the work Good Grief has done for her and other grieving children. And I still run for my own recovery.
Money raised from this event will be used to provide unlimited and free support to children, teens, young adults, and families after the death of a mother, father, sister, or brother through our peer support programs, education, and advocacy.
Please help by sponsoring me.