A new study shows experiencing the death of a sibling at a young age can have physical health impacts later in life.
Our Executive Director, Darcy Walker Krause, was quoted in the story by Healthline, saying the research highlights the importance that "childhood grief isn’t overlooked or misinterpreted."
Philadelphia, PA, March 3, 2017 — In recognition of the New York Life Foundation’s $100,000 Grief Reach grant, The Center for Grieving Children visited New York Life’s local office in Bala Cynwyd for a check presentation. The event highlighted the continued partnership between the local New York Life office and The Center for Grieving Children to support Philadelphia’s grieving youth.
As part of New York Life’s Volunteers for Good program, which provides grants, in-kind donations, and employee volunteers to make a difference in local communities, Volunteers for Good Coordinator Faith Romolini and her team recently coordinated a supply drive and donation of dozens of backpacks filled with art materials
“We are extremely grateful for the continued partnership with the local office of New York Life,” said Darcy Walker Krause, Executive Director of The Center for Grieving Children. “They are a committed partner and provide invaluable volunteers to better support the needs of underserved youth in the city.”
Pictured: New York Life’s South Jersey General Office Managing Partner Robert G. Karalius, ChFC (first row, far right), Volunteers for Good Coordinator Faith Romolini (first row, second from right), and Volunteers for Good team members of the New York Life’s local office present a $100,000 Grief Reach grant check to Darcy Walker Krause, Executive Director (first row, second from left), and her team from The Center for Grieving Children to fund expanded grief support services to children and families in Philadelphia.
About The Center for Grieving Children
The Center for Grieving Children was founded in 1995 at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and incorporated as an independent nonprofit in 2000. The only organization of its kind based in the City of Philadelphia, The Center helps children grieving a death to heal and grow through their grief while strengthening families, communities and professionals’ understanding of how best to respond to their needs. To this end, The Center runs free grief groups for youth ages 5-25 in four locations and in over 70 schools in the city. It also provides training and support to schools, communities, and professionals who interact with grieving youth and families. To learn more about The Center, please visit www.grievingchildren.org
About the New York Life Foundation
Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided $240 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees and agents of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.
- Platinum Sponsor ($12,500): provides a grief support group for 12 children
- Gold Sponsor ($7,500): brings grief groups into area schools
- Silver Sponsor ($5,000): supports four families for an entire year
- Bronze sponsor ($3,000): purchases arts and crafts for children
- Hole Sponsor ($1,000): buys supplies and snacks for a group
- Dinner Only ($85): provides 2 support groups with memory boxes to save special memories of their loved ones
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Location: White Manor Country Club, 831 Providence Road, Malvern, PA 19355
12:00pm - Registration and lunch
1:00pm - Shotgun Scramble
5:30pm - Open Bar & Silent Auction
6:30pm - Dinner, Live Auction, and Raffle
*This story originally appeared in the March 23, 2015 edition of the Philadelphia Daily News.*
By Dan Geringer, Daily News Staff Writer email@example.com,
Posted: March 23, 2015
When Darcy Walker Krause was 15, her mother died suddenly from a heart attack.
Twenty years later, Krause is herself the mother of two, including a newborn, yet there are times when her own mother’s death still affects her.
“There are many moments in the last 20 years that I have missed my mom,” she said. “What comes to mind the most are major life events like graduations, my wedding and certainly the birth of each child.
“She’s not there to visit me at the hospital,” Krause said. “She’s not there to call and cry to in the tough first days. And she’s not there to hold my child now or offer me advice.”
Because Krause internally understands the long-term effects of childhood grief, she felt the need to help children who are dealing with a loved one’s death.
So, she left her five-year law practice, earned a master’s degree in social work and became executive director of The Center for Grieving Children.
Although it had existed in different locations since 1995, Krause said the center’s East Falls headquarters, on Henry Avenue near Indian Queen Lane, was only serving 50 children a year when she arrived in 2012.
Since then, it has dramatically grown to grief counseling 450 to 500 children annually and has satellite programs at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Karabots Pediatric Care Center, on Market Street near 48th and at the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children’s Center for the Urban Child, on Erie Avenue near Whitaker.
“We will run more than 40 grief counseling programs this year at 30 to 35 schools in underserved neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia,” Krause said.
Grieving children meet in separate peer groups from their caregivers, she said, “so a son is able to say ‘Mom cries all the time and that makes me really sad’ or ‘Mom’s driving me crazy.’
“One child felt like something was his fault but he didn’t tell his mom. He told his peer group. We were able to negotiate that out. We told him, ‘We’re going to let Mom know. This isn’t your fault.’”
Krause said children need that safe space. “They need to be among peers who have gone through what they’ve gone through and are part of the journey,” she said.
That journey, Krause said, is not from grief to closure. She doesn’t believe in closure.
“Throughout life, you feel the loss,” she said. “Grief is a lifelong journey that doesn’t necessarily end at some point.
“I often miss my mom when friends are talking about their moms, or on Mother’s Day, or on her birthday,” Krause said. “April 9 this year will be the 20th anniversary of her passing. It’s on my mind a lot with the new baby and this milestone anniversary.”
Instead of closure, Krause said: “I believe there’s some acceptance of this is how life will be. You develop a coping mechanism.”
“If you keep looking for closure and you don’t find it, how frustrating is that? You’re going to have difficult days. And you’re going to have awesome days. And that’s fine.”