Resources for families
No family in
crisis should be without support, and the
Coalition's intention is to help all affected
families in Michigan whether or not they are
members. Family members of the Coalition interested
in helping others are invited to join the
Bereavement Committee, which will convene for the
first time at the Conference on November 11.
Families looking for support in their area are
email the Coalition for advice. We may not
always have answers but our intention is to build
and catalog all the support organizations, be they
family groups, clinics or therapists.
The Cost of
It is not the family alone that suffers when there
is bereavement. Relationships change and friendships
can be lost. There's also a cost to society.
We need to be aware of the impact of a family's
bereavement on the community as a whole. The conclusions in Joanne
Cacciatore's 2014 study,
the Cost of Bereavement,
may surprise employers and others in regard
to the economics of bereavement leave.
What do we know about grief?
Click her to read
article by John Waller, PhD.
Interested members can help families and participate
by joining the
The children we
We invite parents to tell their
children's stories -- and send us pictures.
We named this "Charlie's Section"
because this was a little boy with an
inoperable brain tumor who loved art and was
the inspiration for the Art for Charlie
story need not be biographical. It can be a
story of a single incident, a story by the
child or a story about the child.
There does not have to be a picture, but
include some if you can -- pictures of your child, or by
your child. Every picture helps to
story. Children's stories will feature on
this website some will be in our
can express ideas and feelings in pictures that are
inexpressible in words -- like the winter scene on
the left by 10-year old Brody, painted shortly
before is death from a pontine glioma. Losing the
ability to use his right hand, he painted with his
11-year old Noah, handicapped by his illness, was
unable to handle pen or pencil. Asked by his teacher
to illustrate the concept, "What is courage and
what does it mean to you?", he tapped out words
on a label maker, pasted the strips onto a sheet of
paper, and decorated it as best he could. As art,
perhaps unconventional, but nonetheless impressive.
On a lighter note, 5-year old Charlie, barely a week
before his death, drew a picture of a unicorn
pooping. (Yes, you read that right!)
Charlie explained that it was for his
older sister to give to her on birthday so that she
would laugh and not be sad when he wasn't there.
Children have stories to tell -- and often their
pictures do also.
If you would like to be contacted to discuss your
email us today!
Our Children's Pages:
Sarah Lynn Witkus