Kenny Slaught notes that “When children lose a loved one, it can feel like their lives will never be the same again. Their grief may seem insurmountable.” To help stand strong against these hardships, the I Have a Friend mentor program matches children and adolescents in this situation with a trained adult volunteer who went through a similar loss at a young age. This volunteer becomes a companion and works with the child throughout the grief process, providing a truly relatable point of view. The relationships built through this program often are indispensable as the child continues to face hardships for many years.

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