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Uplifting Grieving Hearts


Moving Forward with Hope

Grief can be very isolating. Everyone processes loss differently and there is no “right” thing to say or do. Tragedy often leaves people feeling powerless. Our goal is to uplift and empower those impacted by loss. We want to surround hurting people with connections and resources to help them move forward with hope.

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Connections

If you have experienced a loss, you are not alone. We can’t take away the pain, but we can introduce you to a network of incredible people who are passionate about honoring the legacies of their loved ones in unique ways. Whether you are looking for grief support, inspiration, or collaboration, we want to help you find it. We are all in this together.

Calendar of Events Honoring Lost Loved Ones

Grief can be very isolating. Everyone processes loss differently and there is no “right” thing to say or do. Tragedy often leaves people feeling powerless. Our goal is to uplift and empower those impacted by loss. We want to surround hurting people with connections and resources to help them move forward with hope.

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Directory

If you are looking for inspiration or connections to other groups who are transforming tragedy into healing, this list is a great place to start. If you have started an organization in honor of a lost love one and would like to be added to the directory, please apply here.

Heart Charities

Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation (OHHF) is committed to addressing the unmet needs of heart families while transforming the future of pediatric heart care.

Palliative or Hospice Care

Grief Support

Nonprofit Leaders

Leadership Summit

For those who have taken the step to form an organization in honor of a loved one, we would like to invite you to our Leadership Summit in St. Louis. We’re all facing similar challenges, and we want to learn from each other, identify gaps, and help remove barriers together. The Summit will take place in the fall. More details to come.

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Resources

One of the most profound aspects of Ella’s legacy is the way she uniquely equipped us to support others who are grieving. It began with people asking for advice on how to best support others facing unimaginable loss. Then, we started meeting directly with bereaved people to offer encouragement. Our tragedy had created an ability for us to show up in messy moments with people and have healing conversations. Our biggest limitation has been our bandwidth. We can’t take every hurting person to dinner. This is what drove us to create resources that could be shared more broadly.

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Unraveled


When Loss Changes Everything

When tragedy strikes, it often leaves people speechless. Nothing can really “fix” what is wrong, and words can feel like salt in an open wound. If you have found yourself in one of these situations, we want to help. Although it is true that there is no perfect thing to say, connecting with others who have been down a similar path and emerged with hope is a great starting place. That’s why we wrote the book, Unraveled: When Loss Changes Everything.

Our desire was to help fill the gap for when people don’t know what to say by creating a resource that would have been helpful to us in the wake of our loss. After reflecting on our journey, we gathered all our thoughts and considered what we would say if we were going to walk our very best friend through an unimaginable tragedy. The book is a heartfelt narrative that can be read in under two hours. Whether you have personally experienced a loss, or are supporting someone else, we hope you find it as a helpful resource.

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"This book provides realistic advice and tips on how to navigate your grief. While it was written by parents who lost a child, it is completely applicable to all those who grieve. As one who recently lost a parent unexpectedly, this book was like a walk with a friend who has been there and has all the right things to say."
- Pam W.

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Never Far Apart

A loss impacts people of all ages, and it can be challenging to talk to kids about a missing loved one. That is why we wrote the book, Never Far Apart. In our family, we are passionate about bringing Ella’s memory into the future in ways that don’t feels scary or uncomfortable. It's a great resource if you are looking for positive ways to talk about loss with a child.
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Wonderful book to read to young children who have experienced grief and loss. It is written in a way that offers hope through the grief, providing a positive outlook on how love continues to live on, even after the loss. Also offers concrete suggestions on how to help children cope with grief.
- Jane S