ABOUT GRIEF HEROES FOUNDATION
We build resilience in children,
empower them to healthily cope with loss,
and grow through adversity.
Grief Heroes Foundation is in the process of
obtaining 501(c)(3) approval.
WHO WE ARE
Grief Is A Journey That No Child Should Take Alone
In a culture where death and grief are unspoken topics, grieving children experience loneliness due to the silence from their surroundings. We want to help close this gap of loneliness.
Death is hard for all of us, but for the 1 in 20 children who will lose one or both parents before age 15, the loss is life-altering. Decades of studies tell us that grieving children and teenagers suffer from loneliness and mental health issues because of the lack of grief resources.
With COVID-19 disrupting our lives, children are living through a turbulent and uncertain time. Grief Heroes Foundation is committed to teaching children about grief and set them up for long-term success and mental health.
The journey began when a mother and son went on a mission to help grieving children. In 2013, Susan Binau's nine-year-old son Andy handed her a stack of papers and said, "Mom, I wrote a book, will you read it?
Sadly, Andy had lost a friend to cancer and secretly wrote an uplifting book to comfort his friend's grieving sister. Astonished and proud, Susan helped him turn it into a real book.
Andy's book was published in 2013 with 5000 copies donated to local families, hospitals, and schools. The response from families, teachers, and healthcare professionals was tremendous. The children related to the main character in the book, Zam, a three-legged super pup whose mission is to empower kids.
Susan was co-facilitating a grief group for children and learned that many grieving parents were missing tools to help their children cope with grief.
With permission from her Andy, Susan used the character "Zam" from his book to write a series of grief books for children. The combined story and workbook format was created to offer families a self-help tool that could be used at home to help young hearts and minds through the complicated grieving process.
COVID-19 KIDS GRIEF RELIEF
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, the team behind Grief Heroes Foundation felt a calling to react.
In Spring 2020 we relaunched the children's grief book series and translated them into three languages.
KIDS HELPING KIDS
Andy Binau spearheaded the first donation project,
"I reached out to the communities I'm involved in to share our mission and see how we could help. Teenagers, teachers, and school counselors started to respond. Now we are excited to see the first project unfold in Oklahoma City"
Our Plans for the Future
Covid-19 KIDS Grief Relief.
Financial support from grants and corporate sponsors can make it possible for us to continue to donate Grief Heroes Packages to inner city schools nationwide.
In conjunction with school professionals, our goal is to develop a grief program target Elementary schools.