There are many charities out there who are supporting bereaved parents through their heartwork. There are three ways, in which you can support charity work:
- Donating to an already established charity
- Offering your volunteer work for a charity
- Creating a charity yourself
When donating to a charity, it is less work than taking on a project for yourself.
Please make sure that whatever charity you’re donating to is using their donations in ways that are in line with what is important to you.
Donate books in honour of your child
The Grieving Parents Support Association (GPSA), the charity arm of the GPSN, collects donations to sponsor copies of our resource books to hospitals, bereavement centres, grief support groups and retreats. You can donate books in honour of your child. This is a simple way to memorialize your child and help other bereaved parents through the early stages of loss. When donating in this way, you create meaning after the loss.
Your donated books will receive a personalized ‘In Loving Memory’ sticker with your child/children’s names on it.
Giving back can be a rewarding way to become active in support of others. You can find charities locally or online and many of those are looking for volunteer support. The advantage is that you can give your time to a good cause, but it won’t take over your life.
As you know, the GPSN is a community-based support and we are immensely grateful to those who support us, either through a role as a volunteer (check out the ‘Volunteers Needed’ page here) or through a donation.
3. Creating a charity
Many bereaved parents would like to create a charity and foundation to build a legacy for their child. Please remember that this takes a lot of time and will require your hard work. You need to check your country’s rules and regulations to find out what is required to be approved as a charity and the cost associated with it.
If that’s what you want to do, you might like to find out first WHY you want to create a charity and WHAT it is you need. Your purpose for what you do will fuel your actions. Remember that grieving itself is extremely energy consuming – creating and running a charity will also require your energy.
List of charities
- The Grieving Parents Support Association offers support to parents who lost their children, no matter their age or gestation. Their intent is to support and uplift bereaved parents and help them find healthy ways of grieving. Your donations will be fully used to sponsor copies of those books to hospitals, bereavement centres, grief groups and retreats.
- Hope’s Angel offers free counselling and supports newly bereaved parents through their free first aid package.
Like to be listed here?
If you’d like to be listed as one of the charities on the GPSN, please send us an email with the following details:
- your charity’s name and website and 50 words (or less) description
- proof of our charity status
- how you support bereaved parents
- proof of your donation receipt (see below)
We require an administration fee (USD 25) to be donated to our charity, the Grieving Parents Support Association (GPSA), to correspond with you, check your charity status, find out how you support bereaved parents and to list it here.