This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

Family Lives On Foundation Focuses On Importance Of Cherished Traditions To Support Bereaved Children And Teens

EXTON, Pa., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- More than two million children and teens in the US who are grieving the deaths of their moms or dads are at much greater risk for psychological and behavioral problems, according to Family Lives On Foundation.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130326/PH83105-a )(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130326/PH83105LOGO-b )

The national nonprofit brings joy and comfort to grieving children, teens and families through its unique Tradition Fulfillment program. "Continuing a family's cherished traditions can help these children move from survivors to thrivers," says board member Darcie Sims, Ph.D., a nationally recognized grief management specialist. "Maintaining traditions is a valuable therapeutic tool that allows children to move beyond a mom or dad's death story to celebrate the life story."

The organization was founded in 1997 as Mommy's Light Lives On Fund ®, serving children whose mothers had died or were terminally ill. After the successful launch of the Daddy's Light pilot program in 2012, Mommy's Light expanded the scope of its services to include children ages 3 to 18 in the US who are grieving the deaths of their dads. "We felt it was incumbent upon us to expand our reach to serve not only maternally bereaved children, but all grieving children," says Laura Munts, President of Family Lives On Foundation's Board of Directors. "We have kids in our program whose most cherished family tradition is going to a football game like they used to with their dad, or baking Mom's famous banana bread."

Last year, DeSean Jackson, two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, teamed up with the organization to launch Daddy's Light. http://tinyurl.com/cgzzkfk. In 2009, he and his four brothers grieved the death of their father from pancreatic cancer. "I miss him every day," says Jackson. "I know what a tragedy it is for families who have to deal with the death of a parent. It's important to keep the memories and traditions alive."

"When it comes to fulfilling a tradition, I couldn't even imagine how to attempt to do it with the level and detail that Family Lives On does," says Mark Carlinsky. His son Matthew remembers his mom, who died in 2009 of non-smoker's lung cancer, by continuing their cupcake-baking tradition every year on her birthday. "I never even thought of the idea until I heard of it," says his dad. "It's brilliant. We won't want to ever stop because it's sacred."

Family Lives On has fulfilled nearly 1000 traditions like Matthew's, and addresses three critical, and oftentimes unmet, needs in child and family bereavement support: intra-family connection and communication, ongoing support, and celebrating the life story. The organization also provides free bereavement education resources to families, healthcare providers, school counselors, bereavement professionals and others.

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,279.74 +13.75 0.08%
S&P 500 2,010.40 -0.96 -0.05%
NASDAQ 4,579.7890 -13.6380 -0.30%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs