Praise Program for Providing Free Grief Support for Children

Crying_by_David_Shankbone

Target: Tu Nidito Community Impact Manager Amanda Marks

Goal: Thank nonprofit organization Tu Nidito for working with grieving children through free programs.

Tu Nidito is a nonprofit group that specializes in working with Tuscon children who are experiencing grief. Children and teenagers often grieve differently than adults do and need extra support when confronting the death of a loved one. Employees and volunteers host free sessions and camps with children to help them grapple with the concept of death and how to cope in meaningful and healthy ways.

As a nation, we live in a time when mental health and other “invisible” disorders are often stigmatized and not prioritized when it comes to overall health. Grief is a difficult subject for children to address alone. Tu Nidito’s mission to give children of all ages support during a difficult time is an important one — and helps to break down the stereotypes of mental anguish and distress.

It is estimated that one in nine children lose a parent or close relative by the time he or she turns 20. Without proper support, these children face challenges later in life, developmentally, personally and emotionally. Experts say that unaddressed grief can often lead to alcoholism and other mental health issues as children grow older.

Please thank Tu Nidito’s community impact manager Amanda Marks for the work Tu Nidito does in Tucson, and encourage other nonprofits to extend their outreach to grieving children.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Marks,

Thank you for the work you do with children in the Tucson community. Grief is difficult at any age and Tu Nidito’s mission to support children during hard times is incredibly important and valuable.

Children leave Tu Nidito’s programs better able to cope with loss in a healthy, yet meaningful way. These sessions and programs are often the gateway to a better life for these children, who might otherwise have faced mental health issues as they grew older, including alcoholism, according to experts. Your work comes at a time in which mental health is largely stigmatized. While people are becoming more receptive to learning about depression and other “invisible” diseases, addressing mental distress is a huge step in breaking down the stereotypes and advancing awareness.

Grief education is important and by making it accessible through Boys and Girls Clubs of America, local businesses and other outlets, you are bringing together the Tucson community to support children who need a little extra care. Not only do the children learn how to cope, but families also learn how to effectively help and listen throughout the grieving process.

These acts of kindness are making a positive long-term impact in each child’s life. Thank you for your care and commitment to providing children with appropriate resources as they grieve a loved one.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: David Shankbone

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