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Celebrating our Children           Bereavement Support           Remembering our Children

Celebrating our children through their art
(Pictures by children coping with medical challenges)
The Objective
Our Coalition, in partnership with the Art for Charlie Foundation, will be exhibiting art – drawings, sketches, paintings – by children who are, or who have been, coping with serious and chronic illness. The art is significant in showing how children, through their pictures, overcome stress, pain or disability. Each picture is accompanied by the child’s story and a photograph.
It is an opportunity for families to tell their child’s unique story which can be an inspiration for other parents.
The goal is to educate the public on the diagnoses that threaten the lives of infants and children, and to awaken awareness of the importance of pediatric palliative care.
What we need:
We welcome any drawing -- childish and simple, or mature and sophisticated. Exhibits will all be enlarged to a size suitable for display and printed on board or canvas.
There are no rules, but to give an idea we look for pictures, large or small:
             * that have merit in their own right, or
             * that illustrate something about the child, or
             * that are created despite a disability, or
             * that show humor or pathos, or
             * that evoke some other emotion.
Each picture will be accompanied by a story (up to about 200 words) about the child and a photo of the child. The story is as important as the picture on display.
How to participate
To upload your child's picture and the child's photo, click link below for our Art Submission form:

We will be in touch promptly regarding any additional information needed. Alternatively,  email attachments to ParentPower@childpalliative.org, or call 517-763-4413 with any questions.
Bereavement Support
The Costs of Bereavement
A family's bereavement impacts the community as a whole.  Prof. Joanne Cacciatore's 2014 study, the Cost of Bereavement, may surprise  employers and others in regard to the economics of bereavement leave.
What do we know about grief?
Click her to read article by John Waller, PhD
Support groups
Our intention is to build and catalog support organizations In the meantime, click here for a current list of resources in Michigan.
Bereavement Grants
The Art for Charlie Foundation awards grants to families in financial need who are bereaved by the death of a child whether from illness or any other cause. The intention is to cater for needs that fall outside the parameters of traditional hospice programs or the wonderful charities that give grants to families with terminally ill children. For more, go: www.artforcharlie.org/grants.htm

Remembering our Children:

Charlie Waller          Sarah Lynn Witkus        Angelica Elizabeth Stageman
Any parent who has lost a child is invited to have a web page on this site in their child's honor. For more information, or to request a page for your child, please email Pages@childpalliative,org