Our Children's Memorial Walkway - Additional Resources
Kristen Foundation for Missing Adults www.kristenfoundation.org
The Foundation is named after Kristen Modafferi, a Park Scholar at NC State
University and Charlotte resident who disappeared in 1997, without a trace
while working and studying in San Francisco, CA. At the time of her
disappearance, Kristen was only three weeks past her 18th birthday. During the search for their daughter, the Modafferi family discovered that there were not federal or state funds available to assist in the search for Kristen and she was considered an adult because she was 18; nor were funds available from NCMEC.
In 2000, the Kristen Foundation for Missing Adults was established as a state and federal not-for-profit national charitable organization to assist the families of missing and endangered adults.
The Kristen Foundation raises funds to assist with emotional, financial, search teams, private investigators, bill board ads, fliers, and travel expenses.
In addition to providing health care for terminally ill patients and support for their families, Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region provides individual and group grief counseling. These services are also available to members of the community. The organization also sponsors an annual grief camp for children ages 7-16, Chameleon's Journey, which is offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of the Junior League of Charlotte, and other organizations and individuals.
Mothers of Murdered Offspring (MOM-O)
www.momocares.org PO Box 32153, Charlotte, NC 28232
Mothers of Murdered Offspring is a family support organization that reaches out to families of murdered victims to help them on the road to healing. Once contact has been made with the family, one or more of the following services is available free of charge to the family of a murdered victim:
o Assistance in making funeral arrangements
o Scheduling Candlelight Memorial Services prior to the funeral service
o Preparing and distributing personalized keep-sakes at the funeral
o A balloon release at the cemetery
o Assistance with Birthday and Anniversary Memorial Services
o Case up-date information from investigators/detectives
o Invited to the Annual Thanksgiving Candlelight Memorial Service held every second Tuesday in November (Locate TBA)
o Participate in the Annual New Years Day Balloon Release
o Someone to talk to when needed
o Referral information to other needed services
Families of murdered victims are automatically a member of MOM-O by virtue of their loss and can attend any MOM-O sponsored activities.
Contact the MOM-O information line @ 704-336-3515
H.U.G.S. (Healing and Understanding of Grief from Suicide) is a support group for people who have lost a family member or friend to suicide. It is our mission to offer healing, support, understanding, and education, in order to empower the survivor through the grieving process. We will offer a safe environment where confidentiality and individual differences will be honored in a respectful and appropriate way.
Contact person: Alice McGinley
Phone Number: 704-541-9011
St. Jude Affiliate Clinic at Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital
In addition to providing remarkable comprehensive, family-centered care to children and families, Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital, a St. Jude Affiliate, offers various community events to meet needs of families in our area. Presbyterian Medical Center, in conjunction with local organizations, offers a variety of health-related support groups, bereavement groups, and remembrance ceremonies for Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital families who have a lost a child. Celebration of Life is hosted in October of each year at Our Children's Memorial Walkway, offering families a staff a time to reflect, remember, and celebrate the lives of our beloved children.
Levine Children's Hospital
Levine Butterfly Release
Our mission is to partner with families to provide excellent healthcare in a family-centered care environment.
Our Guiding Principles
Quality of Care
We are committed to providing excellent care to our patients by recruiting and retaining talented and caring professionals, utilizing leading-edge technology, and supporting a learning environment for patients and families.
Respect for Families
We respect the diversity that each family brings to Levine Children's Hospital. We will listen to and value the information families provide to our healthcare team concerning their child. We recognize families are knowledgeable and are the experts regarding their children and will support the decisions they make regarding their child's care.
We will strive to provide appropriate medical information to families and provide education resources to help families continue to grow in their knowledge.
We value family members as partners and will work with them to provide the best healing environment for the children we serve. At Levine Children's Hospital, we strive to create an environment in which family members and professionals work together to meet a child's health care needs. As the butterfly release committee; We are here to celebrate the memory of a child's touch....We remember them
For 41 years KinderMourn has served the Charlotte community by providing grief support services to bereaved parents, grieving children and teens. KinderMourn exists to provide a light to parents experiencing the devastating loss of a child and for children experiencing the life-altering death of a family member or friend. KinderMourn provides hope for bereaved families by offering support and counseling programs, creating awareness of bereavement issues and empowering the community to effectively assist those who have suffered an unthinkable loss. The services offered are unique in Charlotte and throughout surrounding communities. No one is ever turned away for an inability to pay; we care for all who need us and families pay what they can afford. We offer a sliding fee scale and need-based scholarships.
For more information, please visit our website at www.kindermourn.org or call us at 704-376-2580
The Other Children's Memorial Gardens