When hearing about a grieving family, how often have you thought to yourself “I wish there was some way I could help”? Now you can.
When a loved one dies, the family faces overwhelming grief. In tandem with this grief, an onslaught of grueling additional challenges often emerge; legal issues, financial worry, personal health concerns and the emotional strain associated with shifting social circles and family dynamics.
A newly widowed person may need help with legal and financial concerns and routine chores such as getting groceries and making meals. Youth may need assistance with schoolwork, activities to stay engaged and access to youth grief camps and programs. Newly bereaved parents may need time away from work, opportunities for self-care and access to grief and trauma based support.
Embrace-A-Family, Brighter Days Grief Center’s signature community program, addresses a range of these challenges in a compassionate and non-intrusive manner. By encouraging the community to help support the often overlooked needs of grieving families, Brighter Days can continue to provide immediate and ongoing care through partnerships with compassionate organizations and individuals. The Embrace-A-Family program offers grieving individuals and families Community Support, Academic Support, Financial Support, Logistical Support, Psychosocial Support and Peer-based Support.
“Brighter Days Grief Center is a beacon of light and an avenue of hope for those struggling with grief by providing resources for body, mind, soul and spirit. I would hope Brighter Days becomes a template for other centers across our nation. They empower those devastated by trauma and loss by giving them the best tools available to navigate their own journey, and provide assistance where needed to support that journey.” ~Mitch Carmody, Kelly’s Dad
Ways to Participate:
1) Donate HERE. Here are just a few examples of how funds may be applied; no amount is too small!
• $100 can provide groceries, gas, lawn care or snow removal
• $200 can provide pre-made meals or after-school care/activity for kids
• $300 can provide a weekend grief retreat or a week of youth summer camp
• $400 can provide tutoring or ACT prep sessions for high school students
• $500 can help cover a car payment, utilities, or medical bills
• $1000 can help cover a rent, mortgage or tuition payment
2) Donate Gift Cards. Restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, gas/auto repair, self-care or house cleaning.
3) Donate Tickets. Movies, concerts, plays, sporting events, or airlines.
4) Donate Time. Snow removal, lawn care, meal delivery, auto repair.
5) Donate Little Luxuries. Give up your favorite treat (coffee, manicure, car wash) for a month and donate the amount you save.
6) Create a birthday, anniversary, wedding or holiday fundraiser on Facebook in honor of your loved one. Select Brighter Days Grief Center as the charity of choice and tell your story!
7) Host a work or church event and donate the proceeds to the Embrace-A-Family program. Have fun and be creative! Fun Run, Rummage Sale, Dance-A-Thon, Concert, Play, Dinner Party, Pay to Wear Jeans Day…the possibilities are endless!
8) Consider a matching gift through your employer. This is a cause that everyone can relate to!
9) Start a memorial fund in your loved ones name and have friends/family donate to the Embrace-A-Family program to support other grieving families.
The Embrace-A-Family program is generously sponsored by The Lillehei Family Foundation in honor of Kellie Lillehei.