Many children and teens experience isolation after the death of a loved one and feel that nobody understands them, particularly if no one among their friends or schoolmates has had a similar experience. As a result, they may be at greater risk of anxiety and other mental health challenges, substance abuse, and the physical aspects of grief.
There are misperceptions out there that lead us to think kids are OK. These Misperceptions stand in the way of providing children the same understanding and support that is offered adults in mourning.
“One of the greatest crises a child can experience is the death of a parent or sibling.
When a parent or sibling dies, never again will the world be a secure place as before …”
– David & Christine Phillips, Co-founders – Friends Of Aine
There is always a demand for our grief support services and in the wake of the current pandemic, that demand is increasing even more. Aside from loss due to COVID-19, we are anticipating an increase in overdose deaths, suicide and triggers of past grief. Because our organization relies on the compassionate work of volunteers, Friends of Aine is in urgent need of more and more folks to give their time. If you are interested in becoming a Friends of Aine volunteer, please fill out our volunteer form.