COVID-19 Grief Relief Program
We donate Grief Heroes Packages to Elementary School Students who are experiencing the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19
With COVID-19 creating an influx of families in distress, and knowing that there were next to no resources available for grieving children before the pandemic began, founder Susan Binau and the team behind Grief Heroes Foundation decided to relaunch the children’s grief book series and translate them into three languages.
THE CHILDREN OF Oklahoma City
The first school district to receive the Grief Heroes Donations was Putnam, Oklahoma City. Our team worked intently in 2019/20 to translate and print the grief books and distribute to students at 18 inner-city elementary schools.
We have other inner city schools on our waiting list, but we need funding. The first project was donated by Susan Binau who has been the sole investor since 2015 but have reached her lim it. Grief Heroes Founsation is therefore in the process of writing grants and talk to corporate sponsors.
It is our goal to continue to donate to inner city school districts in the US. These schools have next to no budget to buy grief tools for the students in need. Our donations give teachers and school counselors the tools they need to help their students cope with loss in a healthy way.
Childhood Bereavement in the United States:
An estimated 1 in 14, or 5.2 million, children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they reach the age of 18. By age 25, this number nearly triples to 13.2 million.
Each Grief Heroes Donation
1 Super Dog Zam grief book
1 pack of colored pencils
1 drawstring backpack
1 informational flyer for adults
A Roadmap to Navigate in 'Grief Land'
"Our grief programs are developed to give children and their families a roadmap. Many survivors find themselves lost in "Grief Land" without guidance or resources to help them when a loved one dies. Children often learn by watching the adults in their lives, but even their trusted adults may not be the best role models, since they may not know how to talk about emotions or healthily cope with grief themselves.
To create positive changes in a culture where bereaved children have been called "the forgotten mourners," we need to empower parents and other trusted adults by giving them knowledge about childhood grief, and teaching children from an early age how to understand and process difficult emotions when they face losses in their lives."
Founder Grief Heroes Foundation
Mother of four & Cancer Survivor