The transition into a new school year is a fun and exciting occasion for many students. It’s another chance to learn and grow. But it can also be a painful time for students facing a new year without someone they love. Grief can drastically impact the way children learn, interact with teachers and peers, and function each day. Although we cannot eliminate the pain of grief, you can partner with the Shepherd’s Cove grief support program to teach students how to cope with their grief in positive ways and help them find hope and fulfillment in life after loss.

Perhaps it is a sibling that will no longer make the trip to school with them each morning or a parent who cannot kiss them goodbye. Maybe it is a grandparent that is no longer on this Earth to share in the excitement of each annual milestone. Maybe they are missing a dear friend on the playground or a teammate on the field.

Whatever the circumstances and nature of the loss, hundreds of children and teens right here in our local communities will deal with grief from a lost loved one this year. Last school year, Shepherd’s Cove served students in more than 65 schools in Marshall, Etowah, DeKalb, and Jackson counties through the in-school grief support program.

Because of local individuals like you, more than 400 area children this school year will receive guidance, hope, and reassurance that they are not alone on the difficult grief journey. These services are offered free of charge to participants. We never ask for a dime from the families or schools we serve. It’s all possible thanks to generous community support.

Gifts to the Shepherd’s Cove Foundation help fund the Shepherd’s Cove grief support services, including the in-school program, Camp HOPE, and more. You can help bring more hope and a brighter future to a grieving child by supporting the Shepherd’s Cove Foundation today.