A project about Grief Awareness
1 in 5 Children will experience the death of a loved one by the age of 18
7,300 children die every year. 83% have surviving siblings
1 in 20 children will suffer the loss of one or both parents
In Atlanta alone, 40,000 children are grieving the loss of a parent or sibling.
Kate's Club takes kids on a couple different outings every year. From Mideivel times to Cirque De Soliel, Kate's club allows Victims of loss to just be kids, to have fun with other grieving kids, and to Grieve naturally and together. These events create connections and allow friendships to form and eventually become a support group.
Held at the Midtown Clubhouse, Support Groups provide families with the skills to cope with the loss, communicate with each other, and express themselves in a positive way that provides closure.
Camp Good Mourning
Camp Twin Lakes, a three day camp located at Camp Twin Lakes, takes place every year right before school starts.Kids Swim, hike, rock climb, play music, and attend the annual dance Kids swim, hike, rock climb, play music, make arts and crafts and attend the annual camp dance.
Childhood loss and what that ensues
- Childhood Grief is tough to predict and is important to understand. Children develop into adolescents then adulthood based on their childhood. They don't always understand what is happening, but that doesn't mean certain events don't effect them.
- Death isn't a concept that sets in until about six years old. Before that, the child is confused and scared once an adult disappears. This can have major physiological repercussions including a lack of trust, anger, or even socially developmental issues that stop the child from making friends
- Even at the age of 8 until 18 the loss of a parent is detrimental. For instance a child may feel different because he was never coached by his father in baseball. A girl may feel that she missed out on experiences that other kids had with their moms, like having her hair brushed or a girls night out.
Career path: Child Grief Counselor
My Project: Grief Awareness Team
Part One: The Team
The memory walk
We went to Atlanta for the annual memory walk. This happened on November 15. Hundreds of children along with their parents came to remember their loved one, and walk in their honor.
On my right, Kate Atwood, the founder of Kate's Club lead the walk with me. The course was one and a half miles through the residential area in Atlanta near Conan Park.
Part Two: The Broader Picture
The learning Stretch
- Public Speaking
- Learning the psychology of loss