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How We’re Helping Grieving Children

Hello from the team at Elizabeth’s Smile!

Our mission is to empower people to deal with grief before it becomes suffering. Grief isn’t something that can just go away, but not all grieving has to be debilitating.

We hope that our blog brings support and helpful information to you. If you have personal experience with grief that you would like to share, feel free email me:

Now, a bit more about us and our work.

We’re a small but mighty team of people with a passion for building a community around grieving children. We are currently building three programs:

  • First-of-its-kind research, including academic, ethnographic, focus groups and clinical research, to update the science and help us understand the best way to support grieving children. We’ve partnered with leading institutions including Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to lead this effort.

  • The Smile Network: an online network parents or caregivers can set up for a child with connections to the ill parent’s network of friends, family and colleagues. Whether needing help with homework, celebrating a birthday, or getting ready for the big sports game, children will be able to rely on their network for support. The Smile Network will launch this year, and you can learn more here.

  • Playbooks (how-to guides): Currently in development, the Playbooks are meant to help those guiding the children through different ages and stages of a child’s life. We are working with top clinicians and child development experts to develop these “how-to” guides.

We want you to know that you’re not alone. Grief is not linear and doesn’t simply “go away”. But we’re here to help in any way that we can.

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