The need for easily accessible and useful grief products is personal and close to my heart. I suddenly lost my husband in 2004 when our two daughters were only 7 and 9 years old. The rug was pulled out from under me and I felt sucker punched.
His death crumbled our foundation and I was scared. But, more than anything else, like the clear majority of adults that have lost a spouse or child, my #1 concern was for how I was going to help my children understand and endure this confusing and unwanted life changing event.
Besides some kid’s story books about death–I quickly learned that schools, major retailers, and my town’s local shops didn’t carry very much in the way of children’s grief + wellness related products. I had the same disappointing result with the trusted online markets. In fact, there was no available brand for children’s grief support aides or tools.
Fortunately for us, my daughters and I attended the W.A.R.M. Place, a non-profit grief support organization in Ft. Worth, Texas that helped us to improve our grief journey’s.
Fast forward twelve years later to 2016 when I began to ‘pay it forward’ by volunteering as a children’s group facilitator at a non-profit grief support organization in Houston, Texas. My heart hurt for the families that were in the same traumatized emotional state my kids and I were in over a decade earlier.
Fundamental information for how to positively confront and cope with death in the twenty-first century needs to be more visible to the affected public. I began developing a passion for ways I could do more to contribute to the betterment of this evaded cause.