About Family Lives On

Our Mission

Founded in 1997, Family Lives On supports the lifelong emotional wellbeing of children and teens whose mother or father has died. The organization also offers education programs to raise awareness of the impact of grief and loss on a child. Honoring the past, celebrating the present and building the future.

The Tradition Program is the only program of its kind. While there are other grief interventions and support programs, no other is as consistent throughout in a child’s life.

Our Tradition Program provides opportunities for intentional remembering, creating a safe haven for grief, communication and celebration. We serve all children ages 3-18 regardless of race, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, or the cause of the parent’s death. We serve children and their families an average of 7 years. Throughout each year that they are in the program we have 3 – 6 therapeutic touch points with every family.

Not only are we facilitating their traditions, we are often a conduit to other grief support services. We help to heal not just the child but the family unit. We are national in scope – serving families in anywhere in the US.


Why

“It is easier to build strong children than it is to repair broken men.” Frederick Douglas

There are more than 2 million children in the United States who are grieving the death of their mom or dad.

At a much greater risk for psychological and behavioral problems, these kids are more likely to spend time in jail and/or addicted to drugs than kids who haven’t experience such trauma.

Our society tends to treat the death of a parent as something the child will have to “get over” in order to move on. Friends, relatives and even surviving parents may hesitate to mention mom or dad. As a result, children who want so desperately to maintain that connection feel hurt and confused.

It is normal and necessary to understand and grieve the death of a parent. And the process does not end with the funeral. For a child, it continues their entire adolescence. Celebrating the life story of a parent who is no longer alive is a powerful holistic approach to healing and moving forward.

“This Tradition Program provides an opportunity to activate the memories, not just speak of them. The experiential engagement of the activity utilizes all five senses and can be a more powerful healing tool to help move a child through grief to healing.

The program is also family based rather than support group oriented. It is child directed, not other focused. It is designed and fulfilled as the grieving child directs, not as someone else determines.

It is truly a life-focusing and child-centered intervention. It represents the very best of child-focused bereavement support services.”              Bereavement Expert Alicia S. Franklin, LICSW, GMS


Be a pioneer in the fight against the debilitating trauma of childhood grief, DONATE to support children and teens whose mother or father has died.

Family Lives On Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Tradition Program is entirely funded through charitable donations.  If you would like to help support the grieving children and families we serve, please donate here. To learn more about the Tradition Program, please use this link.


 What a Grieving Child Needs

Our innovative Tradition Program meets the following clinically identified needs:

  • Continuing Bonds – Traditions encourage children to build and maintain an enduring relationship and emotional connection with the parent who has died.
  • Adjust to a World Without Mom or Dad – Children need to convert the relationship with the person who has died from one of presence to one of memory.
  • Child Focused and Family Based – The Tradition Program is family based rather than support group oriented. It is child directed – designed and fulfilled as the grieving child directs, not as someone else determines.
  • Foster Post-Traumatic Growth & Resilience (GRiT) – Post-Traumatic Growth is more than “a return to baseline”, it is a positive change experienced by the struggle with a major life crisis or traumatic event. An improvement that may be life altering can fuel growth and increase resilience.
  • Time to Grieve – Children continue to adapt to the death of their parent and what it means in the context of new events or life stages. The longevity and continuity of the Tradition Program nurture and sustain family connections including with the deceased parent, throughout the child’s development process.
  • Support for Surviving Caregivers – Children are not resilient in a vacuum. As we said before, Our Tradition Program addresses three critical, and often times unmet, needs in child and family bereavement support.
    • Intra family connection, communication and engagement.
    • Ongoing support.
    • Opportunities to move past a death story to celebrate a loved one’s life story.

Equip children with the awareness that their own internal resources can be far more powerful than any external panacea.”


You Can Help Us

Family Lives On is offering the opportunity for you and your organization to be a pioneer in the fight against the debilitating trauma of childhood grief.

We offer a range of different ways you can help – from as little as $$ a day to $100,000 Corporate Star Partnerships.

By partnering with us you will be a catalyst in changing the lives of children and teens suffering the death of a parent, and an advocate in changing the way society communicates about grief and loss.

Your support of Family Lives On will mean more children and teens will receive our help.

Through our partnership, you will have the opportunity to tell powerful stories of the families and children you’ve helped and create a differentiated and authentic connection with your community.

Childhood grief is an intensely emotional and galvanizing issue yet no one has taken a place on the national stage to educate, advocate and serve.

Until now.

Thank you for your interest in making a difference in these children’s lives. We would be very happy to talk with you about the range of ways you and your organization can help us to achieve our goal of serving every one of the 2 million children that need our help.

Together we can help these children and their families thrive and beat the statistics.

One last thought…

What would YOUR tradition be?


Be a pioneer in the fight against the debilitating trauma of childhood grief, DONATE to support children and teens whose mother or father has died.

Family Lives On Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Tradition Program is entirely funded through charitable donations.  If you would like to help support the grieving children and families we serve, please donate here. To learn more about the Tradition Program, please use this link.

5 thoughts on “About Family Lives On

  1. This looks like a great organization. Is there a way to get more information on how to get involved aside from donating? I lost my dad when I was 7 and now work as a social worker and an artist and I’m very interested in learning about any volunteer or career opportunities you have available. Thanks! Keep up the great work!

  2. I am raising my two granddaughters age 6 and 4 whose mother (my daughter) died a year ago. How to I sign them up as I believe this would be very beneficial to them.

  3. How can I enroll my daughter? She is 8 and her father and grandfather were recently killed in a plane crash in July. Is there a way I can get her involved in this program? Thank you.
    Hillary

    • Hillary, Please feel free to visit our website to learn about our program. Unfortunately, we are currently at capacity and have started a wait list. As space and funds become available, we’ll take folks off the waitlist.

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