In 2016, Good Grief launched their $2 million Princeton Capital Campaign, “Hope Lives Here”, to fully fund the Princeton center located at 5 Mapleton Road. The campaign has reached 50 percent of its goal. “The purchase of this building shows we are a permanent source of support for grieving families in this community, but we need the community’s help.” said Good Grief CEO Joe Primo. “We’ll be here when children and families face the hardest days of their lives.”
Marianne King lost her husband and father of their 3 sons to a rare form of bone cancer at age 42. Marianne and her sons have been participants in Good Grief’s Nights of Support at the Princeton Center since 2013. Marianne finds Good Grief to be an empathetic and sympathetic community, “I can express my feelings freely at Good Grief and always find some else has felt the same way. It helps to know my feelings are normal for the grieving population. It’s rewarding to discuss and share ideas with other grieving parents – they get it!”
Good Grief also provides a valuable service to her three sons, ages 9, 11 and 12. “I think it’s so important for them to spend time with other grieving kids so they can feel ‘normal’ too. At Good Grief it’s comfortable to talk through their feelings, or not, depending on how they feel. Nights of Support are an oasis for them.” says Marianne.
Mr. Primo emphasized the importance of the Good Grief mission and the significance of the organization’s new Princeton home. “The power of the human connection is very much alive in our home,” he said. “For us, this is not just a building, it is the birthplace of a new reality for children reimagining an unimaginable future. Within the walls of this big yellow house, love is expressed and children are taught resilience and healthy coping. Families rebuild themselves, and joy and happiness return. Hope lives here.”
For more information on Good Grief’s Princeton Capital Campaign, call 609-498-6674 x8010 or visit www.good-grief.org.