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Mission Statement

Family Lives On supports the lifelong emotional well-being of children whose mother or father has died.

Our Tradition Program provides opportunities for intentional remembering, creating a safe haven for grief, communication and celebration

For more info, visit our website www.familyliveson.org

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There are more than 2 million children and teens in the US grieving the deaths of their moms or dads. 1 in 20 children experience the death of a parent before the age of 16 - that’s 1 in every classroom, 2 on every school bus.

Research shows that bereaved children are at 2 to 3 times greater risk for psychological problems than non-bereaved children and are more likely to spend time in jail than their non-bereaved peers. Children with unresolved childhood grief following the death of a father are 5 times more likely to commit suicide, 9 times more likely to drop out of high school and 20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders.

Children who are able to maintain emotional connections with their deceased mothers or fathers are more likely to adapt to their loss in a healthy manner and to avoid emotional, psychological, physical, and behavioral problems.

While death is a normal part of living, it can be a traumatic experience and have a serious impact on a child or teen’s growth and development. Children grieve differently than adults and often their pain is not recognized or understood. Some may develop unhealthy patterns of expressing their grief, and may experience physical complications, depression, anti-social behavior, failure in school, or involvement with the judicial system. (The Center for Grieving Children)

Parents embrace our Tradition Program because it takes place within the context of family life and promotes healing conversations. Family members participate in the tradition independently of Family Lives On volunteers.

Children and teens embrace it because they get to select which tradition they want to continue (and are excited about doing so). And, because we facilitate the tradition until the child turns 18, their traditions continue to support family connection and communication and provide opportunities to celebrate a loved one's life story.

We serve all children ages 3-18 regardless of race, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, or the cause of the parent's death or illness. Enroll here.




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