WHO DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION SERVE?
One Bright Star, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1998 by four mothers who each experienced the tragedy of a passing child. We offer financial and counseling support for families who have experienced the death of a child. We also provide resources to help others who may be grieving including friends, children and teenagers, funeral directors, and hospices and other caregivers.
WHAT IS THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
The death of a loved one changes our lives forever. Life suddenly seems meaningless. Nothing makes sense. Everything you believed and held dear has been turned upside-down. The structure of your world collapses. The movement from the "before" to the "after" feels always a long, painful journey.
HOW DO YOU HELP THEM?
- Provide a grief journal at no charge to any family who has suffered the loss of a child.
- Sponsor Life After Loss radio program every 4th Monday of the month on KTOE at 1pm.
- Hold an annual Children's Memorial Service and Dedication at the Children's Memorial Site in Erlandson Park.
- Offer online resources which are available through the One Bright Star website.
- Offer matching grant scholarships for families who are unable to afford to purchase a plaque for the memorial or One Bright Star jewelry.
- Provide a memorial name listing on our website to allow parents to add photos and stories about their child. This feature also allows on-line visitors to send "e-hugs" to bereaved parents through the website.
- Create star jewelry to be worn by family members and with the help of many volunteers built the Children’s Memorial which features the star symbol. The vision of the founders was and remains that people will recognize the star symbol and reach out to those who have suffered such a loss with greater compassion, hugs, and support.
WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?
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