How We Got Started

In 1997, a good friend asked me to speak to his health classes on the topic of Death and Dying. I obliged. I went so far as to call a funeral home to borrow a casket as a prop for the front of the room to help set the stage and add visual depth. I spoke for 45 minutes. For most students, it was their first real extended discussion on the subject. They’d never broached the topic elsewhere. As they talked about death, their unresolved issues about mortality and grief surfaced from within. GrievingTeens started as the result of that invitation to speak and the needs it uncovered. Realizing then, that teens needed an outlet to discuss grief and guide them through trauma, I started facilitating grief support groups in the school year 1997-98. Since its inception, it has grown to several other schools, and continues to spread positivity and grief guidance for young adults.

How We Are Funded

GrievingTeens is funded by private individuals and businesses. We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Our legal name is YFCGRIEVINGTEENS  and we do business as GrievingTeens Our Tax ID # is 27-4256935 Because of this funding model we serve the public school community as volunteers.

Life requires death as its conclusion. This is part of the human condition. Death is what gives life meaning. Growing from death is only an option. Growth is a goal that can only be achieved with effort. Many people are “torn down” by grief and it sets them back. Growing is a choice. Choose growth or choose life. The decision is only yours.

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