The MISS Foundation, established in 1996 by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, is an international 501(c)3, volunteer based organization providing C.A.R.E. [counseling, advocacy, research, and education] services to families experiencing the death of a child.


The death of a child at any age is one of life’s most tragic experiences that often results in having a limited scope of the future. Though there simply are not words to express the depth of the sorrow you may feel, we are here to share your pain and help you emerge from your suffering, transformed, ready to help another.

MISS Foundation

MISS Foundation


  • There is so much to learn and see in the MISS Foundation website including research studies by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore and colleagues in the area of trauma and loss, relevant articles for bereaved families, and if you are a health provider who wishes to learn how to help those suffering from the traumatic death of a loved one, there are plenty of resources and ideas that may help support the important work you do.
  • In addition to the online support site, we also have face-to-face support groups in certain areas and HOPE Mentors available all over the world.
  • We have a network of Compassionate Bereavement Care providers who are specifically trained in traumatic grief who may be available to offer support services in your community.
  • Our Forums offer online support group board 24/7, fully moderated for safe space. We have sections for families with specialty information for dads, grandparents, and siblings. In our professionals section, there is information on our workshops, resources, and speakers available to present in your facility about many topics relating to child death.
  • We offer a contemplative retreat with skilled leadership that brings grieving families together each year in a beautiful and meaningful setting. This non-medicalized, community-based approach to grief includes equine therapy with rescue horses, eco therapies through retreats and activities in nature, and mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga.


Music to Grieve to on iTunes

Music to Grieve to

Listening to sad music after losing a loved one, being diagnosed with a terminal illness, or finalizing a divorce might seem counterintuitive, but this somber sounding activity has been proven to help.

Nothing can prepare you for grief, nor is there a right or wrong way to deal with it, but sad music is an easily accessible and highly effective tool that can help you begin to heal.

Learn How Sad Music Can Help You