The Need

A Healing Place for Children,
Teens, and Families
It is imperative that every bereaved child, teen and their family,  from every culture and social circumstance have access to comprehensive, grief focused, trauma-informed, whole family, compassionate care.

Grief is not a problem or an issue that can be fixed. It is a process of transforming pain and suffering into healing and hope.”

– Sarah, Co-Founder

The Grief Club knows that investing in these vulnerable children and teens will help them build resilience and coping skills needed to adjust to a death and handle future challenges and in turn make contributions to building a healthier and safer society.

Unprocessed and unaddressed grief can have a profound impact on the future well-being and mental health of those affected.

Nearly every state in the United States has a children’s grief center and many have more than one.

Minnesota, however, does not have one focused on children. 

A professionally led grief center designed specifically for bereaved children, teens, and their families to receive grief services all in the same location – and at no cost to the participants. 

Thus, leaving grieving children and their families with no central place to go for grief support. 

Grief resources for families are often fragmented, leaving mental health, academic, and behavioral services spread out across multiple systems in different locations.

This siloed approach limits the success of grief support due to various resources being difficult to access or to afford. 

A lack of insurance coverage without a diagnosis, and little funding for affordable or no-cost preventive services, are some of the barriers to obtaining high quality, comprehensive grief care. 

These barriers, among others, frequently deter families from receiving the support they need.

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According to the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM):

1 in 14 Children in the United State will experience the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 18.

71,000 Children in Minnesota are estimated to experience the death of a parent or sibling by the age of 18.

181,000 Children + Young Adults are estimated to experience the death or a parent or sibling by the age of 25.

In 2017 Minnesota Department of Health reports over the past 20 years an increase in the cause of death as follows:

79% increase death by suicide

683% increase death due to opioids.

93% increase death due to alcohol.

Judi’s House. (2020). Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model.
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Minnesota is one of the few states that does not have a children’s grief center.

Additionally, difficulties with interpersonal relationships, academic functioning, and overall well being are commonly reported for bereaved children and teens.

Research has also shown that these negative outcomes can be prevented through access to grief resources, which provide an opportunity to process, to adapt, and to grow.

The Grief Club will not only provide this opportunity, but strive to meet this goal.

Research has shown that childhood grief and trauma can lead to immediate and long-term social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. 

Failure to support grieving children and teens can contribute to significant problems in the larger community. 

Individuals bereaved during childhood are at increased risk for psychological and behavioral health problems, including elevated rates of anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress reactions, truancy, and substance abuse.


We Need Your Support

Be a part of the healing
by supporting the club.

The commitment and generosity from others is integral as we move forward
with this important mission and vision of ensuring limited barriers to comprehensive,
whole family care to grieving children, teens and families in Minnesota.

Please know that all contributions, no matter how big or small, are deeply appreciated.

Now is the time, Minnesota needs to rally together as a community to wrap our resources around grieving children and their families.”

Cara, Co-Founder