Jillyan (center bottom row) and members of on-campus grief support group at Mission Vista High School sponsored by The Elizabeth Hospice. Photo courtesy of The Elizabeth Hospice

Jillyan (center bottom row) and members of on-campus grief support group at Mission Vista High School sponsored by The Elizabeth Hospice. Photo courtesy of The Elizabeth Hospice

The Elizabeth Hospice, a nonprofit health care leader serving San Diego County and southwest Riverside County, is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from New York Life. The funds will enable The Elizabeth Hospice to continue to provide free on-campus support groups for children who are grieving the death of their special person.

New York Life agents and employees champion the Community Impact Grant program which awards grants to local nonprofit organizations to serve the needs of their local communities. Since the program’s inception in 2008, more than 500 grants totaling nearly $7 million have been awarded to nonprofits across the country.

Jan Jones, president and CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice, said: “One in fifteen children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 18 (source: Judi’s House/JAG Institute, 2018) These school-based support groups eliminate the financial, cultural and parental involvement barriers that often prevent children from receiving the grief support they need.”

“Before this group, I never talked about my Dad. I basically ignored his death, said Jillyan, a 15-year-old student at Mission Vista High School. “In these past few weeks, I’ve grown because I’m more open about my Dad to certain people. I still have a long way to go but because of this group at least I’m going in the right direction.”

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