Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Resource Spotlight!

Losing a child can be one of the hardest things a parent may ever go through. Some of you may be grieving over the loss of a child and not know how to deal with the pain or who to turn to for support and comfort.  Here are two excellent resources that Help Me Grow recommends to help you and your children deal with the death of a loved one.

Canary Gardens
Approximately one in 20 children will suffer the death of a parent before he or she is eighteen.  Many others will experience the death of a brother or sister.  This agency is a non-profit organization for children and adolescents who are suffering from the death of a loved one.  Canary Gardens provides a safe environment for kids and teens to deal with grief by exploring through music, art, play, storytelling, and creative writing.  They provide support by interaction with peers, trained volunteers, and professionals.

Canary Gardens is a Utah based company located in Orem.  There are a series of events happening each year that you and your family can participate in.  For more information click here or email

Compassionate Friends
This agency offers support for those that are grieving from the death of a child.  Simon Stephens, founder of The Compassionate Friends, stated, "The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope.  It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally.  With the shedding of tears, healing comes.  And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again." 

Whether or not you are grieving from the loss of a child (regardless of age or cause) or if you are helping others go through a life changing experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.  With locations in 50 different states, and over 650 networks, this organization is available to almost anyone who seeks it.  For more information click here and find a chapter near your location.


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