Summer Time at Good Grief

Malena Attar Press

While most people are spending the summer floating in the pool or sitting on the beach, the Good Grief families are looking for hope. How do you find hope after experience the life shattering news that someone you loved died? For 260 children, teens, and adults in the Princeton community, they are turning to Good Grief.

Good Grief’s Summer Enrichment Programs provide kids with holistic activities and community while ‘Nights of Support’ take a summer break. Summer Enrichment Programs for Good Grief families include a week-long canoeing adventure with partner, Outward Bound Philadelphia, Family Picnics for families, and a week-long Grief Expressions Day Camp. Good Grief’s Summer Enrichment Programs provide opportunities for children and teens to foster new relationships, explore their grief, remember their loved one, and work towards their new normal.

“It is estimated there are 280,000 grieving children under the age of 18 in New Jersey and Mercer County is the second most populated county in the state,” says CEO, Joe Primo. “Since expanding from Morristown to Princeton in 2012, Good Grief has worked tirelessly to support the community’s grieving families. Our programs started with one ‘Night of Support,’ serving 60 participants, and has grown to provide five ‘Nights of Support,’ serving 260 participants monthly. The need for Good Grief in Princeton is real.”

“Grief is a multidimensional experience. This experience is influenced by age, gender, culture, circumstances around the death, separation and identity related distress, and risk factors. Good Grief programs support a child’s navigation of this multidimensional experience by helping them forge meaning and build identity after their loss. We are here to create hope for the community and Good Grief needs the community to give back,” says Primo.

Good Grief showed its commitment to Princeton and Mercer County by finding a permanent home, launching a $2M Capital Campaign to fully fund the center located at 5 Mapleton Road. Grief work is hard work and all of this could not be possible without the community’s support. We hope that families, volunteers, business leaders, and schools alike agree that no child in Mercer County should have to grieve alone.

Help put the Good in Grief! Learn more about the Good Grief Princeton Capital Campaign or Come Visit the Princeton Center for a tour. Call 609-498-6674 x8010 or email giving@good-grief.org/pcc

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Good Grief is respected as a national leader in delivering grief services to children and their families. It is the leading provider of these services in New Jersey, serving over 1,000 children since its founding in 2004. Good Grief is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide unlimited free support to children, teens and families after the death of a parent or sibling. Servicing more than 200 Communities, Good Grief operates programs in Morristown and Princeton. For more information www.good-grief.org/giving/pcc.

Contacts:

Joseph Primo, CEO                             Courtney Hodock, Director of Development

609-498-6674 x 8011                          609-498-6674 x 8010