Family Lives on Foundation

aka Family Lives On   |   Lionville, PA   |  www.familyliveson.org
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Mission

Family Lives On Foundation's mission is to support the lifelong emotional well-being of children and teens whose mother or father has died, and, to increase awareness of the impact of grief and loss on a child.

The Tradition Program provides virtual, ongoing, therapeutic support, meeting children and teens where they are, creating a safe haven for grief, communication, and celebration.

Ruling year info

1998

Chief Executive Officer

Kelly Becker

Main address

PO Box 494

Lionville, PA 19353 USA

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Formerly known as

Mommy's Light Lives On Fund

Mommy's Light

EIN

23-2929922

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Tradition Fulfillment Services

More than two million children and teens in the US are grieving the deaths of their moms or dads. Family Lives On Foundation's groundbreaking Tradition Fulfillment program helps these young people and their families continue cherished traditions as a therapeutic tool that enables them to move beyond the death story to celebrating the life story of the loved one who has died. This is healing. This is hope. And, this is critical because these children are at a much greater risk for psychological and behavioral problems, and are more likely to spend time in jail than their non-bereaved peers. Conversely, if given support tools like our Tradition Fulfillment services, these same children and their families are more likely to move from being survivors to thrivers. Bereavement expert Alicia S. Franklin, LICSW, GMS, states: "This Tradition Fulfillment program provides an opportunity to activate the memories, not just speak of them. The experiential engagement of the activity utilizes all five senses and can be a more powerful healing tool to help move a child through grief to healing. The program is also family based rather than support group oriented. It is child directed, not other focused. It is designed and fulfilled as the grieving child directs, not as someone else determines. it is truly a life-focusing and child-centered intervention. It represent the very best of child-focused bereavement support services." In order to provide our critical services, we rely on generous contributions from strategic partners to fund capacity-building initiatives that will allow us to support thousands of grieving children and their families.

Population(s) Served

The purposes of our bereavement education materials are to provide a foundation for people to understand healthy bereavement and information about circumstances when additional resources might be helpful. Our bereavement education materials for grieving young people and their loved ones are available on our website and in social media. www.familyliveson.org.

Our materials explain the range of emotions and other responses that a grieving child might be experiencing, offer helpful suggestions as to whom a child can turn with related questions and issues, offer ways in which children can remember their mothers and fathers, describe bereavement so those in a child's life can understand and provide support, and identify behaviors that indicate a child might need additional help.

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Family Lives On's mission is to bring joy and comfort to grieving children, teens and their families by helping them continue cherished traditions. The death of a parent changes internal family dynamics and may result in greater isolation among family members if this change is ignored and new methods of communicating are not developed. Currently, the majority of bereavement support services offer programs for individual family members outside the context of family life, rather than for family units at home.

Our program is the only bereavement support tool that serves a child once a year, each year, until the child is 18 years old. The longevity and continuity of our services nurture and sustain family connections, including with the loved one who has died, throughout the child's developmental process. The individualized and self-directed nature of our program empowers children and their families to use a lifelong bereavement support tool that helps them honor the past, celebrate the present and build the future.

Our Tradition Fulfillment program addresses three critical and oftentimes unmet needs in child and family bereavement support, providing families with intra-family connection and communication, ongoing support (year after year) and opportunities to celebrate a loved one's life story. Bereavement expert Alicia S. Franklin, LICSW, GMS, states:
“This Tradition Fulfillment program provides an opportunity to activate the memories, not just speak of them. The experiential engagement of the activity utilizes all 5 senses and can be a more powerful healing tool to help move a child through grief to healing. The program is also family-based rather than support group oriented. It is child-directed, not other-focused. It is designed and fulfilled as the grieving child directs, not as someone else determines. It is truly a life focusing and child-centered intervention."

Our years of experience serving the grieving community has proved that Tradition Fulfillment is a vital therapeutic intervention. Our goal is to make our Tradition Fulfillment program available to more grieving children.

With recent growth in the number of children we serve to over 300 our current strategy is to stabilize the organization resources to support serving the 300. Our recent implementation of a customized resource management system is the first step in that process.

Our vision for the future includes providing tradition services for a minimum of 300 children and further developing our outreach and bereavement education efforts.

Family Lives On receives funding from a variety of dedicated sources - special events, foundations, corporations and annual giving. We are seeking to partner with additional corporations, individuals, and foundations to help us continue to grow.

At the core of Family Lives On's strengths are the people who ensure the consistent implementation of our Tradition Fulfillment program to the children and families currently enrolled. This includes a diverse Board of Directors, a staff that has been restructured to maximize attention on serving bereaved children, and a fully trained volunteer force committed to serving our families until each child graduates from our Tradition Fulfillment program.

A Program Manager and a trained volunteer work with the child to identify a tradition they shared with their mother or father, and that they want to continue. They engage the child and family in child-focused manner. Each eligible child, including multiple siblings in a single family, is encouraged to articulate his or her own tradition. The children chose activities that they engaged in with the deceased parent; activities such as visiting a zoo, restaurant, amusement park or beach; cooking, shopping, gardening. Family Lives On then provides the logistical and financial resources for the family and child's annual participation in the requested tradition until the child reaches the age of 18 years.

Our staff includes two full-time employees, one part-time employee, and two independent contractors.
Our Program Managers oversee the volunteers as they serve the families in the program. They record and track all details of the tradition from the first interview through each delivery. They also administer volunteer training throughout the year.

In our first 16 years, we have fulfilled over 1,000 traditions and supported over 250 children and their families.
Now in our current fiscal year alone we will fulfill traditions for over 300 children and their families. We have taken continual steps to reach more children through responsible growth. With the use of Skype technology, we now interview and support families that live outside of our geographic region. We have successfully migrated from serving only families whose mothers have died (Mommy's Light) to launching Daddy's Light services, where we now also support families grieving the loss of their father. That is when we then became Family Lives On Foundation. We've also implemented a customized resource management system to better enable us to support our services.

Our biggest barrier to growing our direct services is balancing the funding for the long-term support of the families in our program, with the financial resources needed to support an influx of additional families.
One of the most important measures of our success is in the form of qualitative feedback from those we serve. Here are a few examples of what Family Lives On families have to say:

“I wouldn't change a thing about my tradition, the memories are too good. I can feel my mom here with us enjoying the beach, running into the water and collecting shells. . . ." – Tony, a son

“After my mom died, I thought that it was over for us to have any relationship, but Family Lives On taught me differently and allowed me to remember my mother every year through a tradition." – Chudney, a daughter

“This organization provides very special experiences that we would never have otherwise. My kids have stronger memories of their mom because Family Lives On presents opportunities to talk about her and the things she loved to do. . . . Family Lives On is truly a beacon of light for the men and children who suffer the loss of their wives and mothers." – Rich, a father

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Family Lives on Foundation

Board of directors
as of 05/09/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mike Maher

Valley Forge Financial Group

Term: 2015 - 2017


Board co-chair

Chris Gubanich

Exton Tech Consulting, LLC

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Valley Forge Financial Group

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Exton Tech Consulting, LLC

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