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Elizabeth Hospice receives $10,000 Community Impact Grant

Jillyan (center of bottom row) and members of on-campus grief support group at Mission Vista High School.

The Elizabeth Hospice, an Escondido-based nonprofit healthcare 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.

“Children’s grief is more prevalent than many people realize,” said Jan Jones, president and chief executive officer of the Elizabeth Hospice. “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). While losing a loved one is painful at any age, there can be lifelong consequences for children. 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.”

More information about on-campus children’s grief support groups and other children’s grief support services from The Elizabeth Hospice is available at www.elizabethhospice.org or by calling 800-797-2050.

For more than 40 years, The Elizabeth Hospice has been providing quality medical, emotional and spiritual support to children and adults faced with the challenges associated with a life-threatening illness, and offering comfort and counsel to grieving children and adults. 

The Community Impact Grant program awards grants to local nonprofit organizations which are championed by New York Life agents and employees 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.

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