Art for Charlie Foundation

Support for children and families

Applying for a Grant
A child with a life limiting condition and requiring pediatric palliative care may have a special need that cannot be met by insurance or other charity programs. The Foundation also awards grants to families bereaved by the loss of a child. 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.

Family grants may be given to help mitigate hardship, to preserve cherished memories, celebrate anniversaries, or simply to provide respite from the pressure of grief by a trip away. We consider grants on a case by case basis to families in need.

To apply for grant, download our Grant Application Form and submit by mail or as an email attachment.

Families we have helped
We have helped families with a variety of needs in the past. The case histories below show how kids have benefitted from the Foundation's assistance in supplementing pediatric palliative care and, sadly in one case, how we help the same families when death follows.


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Other cases

Nominate a Family

Many families in need hesitate to apply for a grant. Most of our grant applications have come from others -- hospices, hospitals and churches.

So if you know of a family you think might benefit, nominate them. It could be a case of need. Or it could be simply an expenditure for something to ease the grief of bereavement - honoring an anniversary, a memorial, a trip away, a tree planted in memory. We limit to Michigan families, but neither age nor time need be limits.

If you have all the information you can use the Application Form in the section above. A quicker and easier way is our online Nomination Form which  gives the option to submit your nomination anonymously or not.  Go to online Nomination Form.

(The form will appear in the pop-up window when you click the link)


Grief and Bereavement 

Bereavement SupportThe real sadness of bereavement is not immediate. It comes later.

When tragedy occurs, friends and neighbors rally. Hot meals arrive and sympathy pours out, but finally the last casserole dish is delivered and friends awkwardly drift away.

Yet the pain of grief endures unabated. Our grief is measured by our love. Since we love our children, grief for their death is overwhelming and hard for others to comprehend.

Grief is lonely, isolating. It is best described as having part of the self ripped away, leaving the survivor incomplete, like an amputee. For the person who is grieving, having someone to lean on makes a difference. 

Friends may think they are being rejected but the truth is that they have never been so important,  It takes little to stir a mourner’s resentment, whether it is too much or too little contact from a friend, tactless remarks, mentioning the loved one’s name, or not mentioning it at all.

The unfortunate consequence is that good friends can sometimes stay away from their friends who grieve -- and that is the worst possible result. Learning to talk and listen is a skill that we all need.  Don't worry that you do not know what to say. There is no right answer, other than just being there.

Support Groups

There's comfort in the company of others who have suffered similar loss -- the reassurance of being understood without having to say anything.

Not a formal support group, our programs vary through the year -- informal get-togethers, meals, or workshop/lectures. These all provide an opportunity for parents who have lost children to meet others informally. Meetings aim to bring comfort through sharing, providing ad hoc support for families without the implied commitment of a more formal support group.

All parents and families bereaved by the loss of a child of any age are always welcome. There is no charge for attendance, but we ask you to sign up on the form below so that we send invitations:

Preserving Memories

Tell your child's story with a picture.
Children who suffer life limiting illness have stories that though tragic are often inspirational. Sometime they can express ideas and feelings in pictures that are inexpressible in words. A scribbled drawing can sometimes give a unique insight into a child's view of reality. For parents a child's picture or a picture of a child is a memory to treasure. We believe that if parents are willing a child's unique story helps others to understand more.
A drawing on a scrap of paper can be made into a canvas or large print for exhibition and serve as a way to tell the story and preserve the treasured memory. For more information, go to our "Memories" page.