The Issue: Long-Term Effects of Grief on Bereaved Parents
More than 10,000 children between the ages of 1 and 14 died in 2009, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In addition to their immediate grief, these bereaved parents may have experienced a range of traumatic and long-term effects such as depression, health problems, and martial strife.
Helping parents work through their grief is the best way to prevent it from burdening them for years to come. Quiet reflection and therapeutic activities can lead to a restored sense of purpose, which a National Institutes of Health study found can positively impact the healing process.
The Campaign: Building a Labyrinth for Bereaved Parents
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Faith's Lodge to help build a labyrinth for bereaved parents. With first $600 raised, Faith's Lodge can buy a wooden swing chair for the proposed labyrinth. Additional funds will go toward a second swing chair and the costs of designing, building, and decorating the labyrinth. The labyrinth itself will represent the long journey of the healing process, and bereaved parents will be able to seek solace and self-reflection in its twists and turns.
When Mark and Susan Lacek's baby died two weeks before she was to be born, they admitted that their "world was shattered." They named her Faith to represent the faith they'd need to get them through this dark period. In her honor, they also founded Faith's Lodge to help other parents remain strong in the face of grief.
Faith's Lodge provides a respite for referred families that have suffered the loss of a child in the past three years or have a child with a serious illness. Set on 80 acres of tranquil northern Wisconsin woodland, the Lodge has eight guest suites, a reading library, an arts and crafts space, and a network of trails. Families can stay in the suites up to five nights once a year for a suggested donation or with scholarship help. During their stay, the Lodge runs therapeutic activities including journaling, woodworking, and painting memorial heart stones to help parents work through their grief. Group therapy and a welcome dinner bring bereaved families together, and parents are encouraged to take walks in the woods or spend time in quiet reflection.
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