Human Services

MY GRIEF ANGELS INC

For aand By the 100,000+ People Grieving Using This Site Yearly

aka Grief Support Network   |   The Woodlands, TX   |  http://www.mygriefangels.org/

Mission

My Grief Angels is "For and By" People Grieving Worldwide

My Grief Angels, a Texas based 501 (c) (3) public charity, is an Online Grief Support Community of People worldwide coping with loss and helping each other by leveraging new technologies to find and share the latest resources, education, information and personal grief journeys/ experiences, including:

- How grief can impact our health;

- How have others coped with their grief and grief attacks;

- How have others put their grief in motion;

- How have others turned their grief into something positive;

- What are the resources available for our type of loss,

and more...

Notes from the nonprofit

In 2019, we have launched two new intiatives: 1. GriefTech Center™ - www.GriefTech.org / www.GriefTech.com - Proposal to create a GriefTech Center to study, research, industry collaboration, and educational outreach on "How New Technologies will impact the grieving process of millions grieving worldwide, and which of these new technologies can actually improve the lives of millions grieving today and tomorrow; specially low income populations" 2. GriefArt Initiative - www.GriefArt.com - Major contributions in Art, Theater, Films, Movement and other forms of art are being made by people grieving, and this site looks to create the online destination where these contributions are highlighted and featured.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

JD Failde

Main address

9450 Pinecroft Dr Unit 7412

The Woodlands, TX 77387 USA

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EIN

46-3775937

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Thru new technologies and new delivery channels, My Grief Angels aims to empower, educate and enable anyone who is grieving anywhere worldwide to help themselves, their families, their friends, their communities and their workplace to better understand grief, the different types of grief, how grief can impact our health/families/work, how others have coped with their grief, and how new technology/social media can impact each of our own grief journeys.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Free Grief Education: Grief MOOC - Grief and How Grief Can Kill Us

FIRST Free Massive OPEN ONLINE Course ("MOOC") on Grief and How Grief Can Kill Us offered thru the European MOOCs Platform - https://platform.europeanmoocs.eu/course_grief_and_how_it_can_kill_us

Grief is a subject most of us do not want to talk or think about until we are forced to, and we will all be forced to

Whether you are Michael Jordan, or the parent of a recent terrorist victim, or Celine Dion, or the sibling of a refugee lost at sea, or Keanu Reeves, or the spouse of a suicide victim, or World Boxing Champion Oscar de La Hoya, or the friend of someone who overdosed, or Vin Diesel, or the child of someone who lost their battle with cancer, or Prince Harry, or the grandchild of someone lost to dementia/ALZ, or Liam Neeson, or the aunt of a teen killed in a car accident, or Whoopi Goldberg, or the parents of a stillborn baby, or CNN News Anchor Anderson Cooper, or someone grieving the loss of their lifelong companion pet - we are all in grief together.




Grief can kill us, but most of us and our families don't know it.

According to a recent online survey of people who had experienced a loss:

Over 80% of us felt completely unprepared to deal with the grief/grieving process and

the majority believed we should be providing greater education on the subject in our schools and universities.

The focus of this course is on "practical" knowledge that you can use if you are grieving, or if you know others that are grieving alone at home, in your community, in your school or at work. This is a course on grief, the grieving process, and how grief can impact our lives, our health, our families, our jobs, and our communities.

When one is grieving, any task can be a challenge; including an online course on the subject. However, in this self-paced course, you can take the sections of the course you are interested in learning about anytime/anywhere and come back to the others at a later date. Like in our grieving processes, there is no right or wrong way to approach this course.

In the era of Twitter, Google Search, You Tube, Facebook, Linkedin, Mobile Apps, SnapChat, Instagrams, Apple's Siri - Intelligent Personal Assistant, Online Forums and thousands of other new online tools/platforms - Our grieving processes are undergoing major changes. This course will examine their real-life impact on healing or deepening of our grief through examples & case studies from these media channels and optional links to over 250 short videos by individuals, celebrities, organizations, and others.

Did you know the loss of our loved one can double our risk of a heart attack or stroke within the first month, and the highest risk being within the first 24 hours?
Did you know that after the loss of a loved one in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) , the survivors have a higher risk of developing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Did you know that years after the death of a sibling, adults still have a higher risk of having a fatal heart attack?
Did you know that social media can help grieving family and friends, but it can also prolong and deepen grief for many? Did you know that by the end of this century, Facebook will have more dead than living "users"?
Did you know that workplace grief cost business billions annually? And that grief could cost you your job?
While grief can have a destructive physical and mental impact on many, the last section of the course will also examine the Good from Grief: The massive positive societal impact people grieving are making around the world.

This course's objective is to make more of us and our communities grief-aware, informed and better equipped for each of our own grief journeys now or in the future. If you know others grieving that might find this course helpful, please forward the course link to them.

Whether you enroll now or in the future in this free Grief MOOC, please consider helping us in our on-going research with your answers to the linked short online survey on grief and the grieving process.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
General/Unspecified

FIRST Proximity-based Grief Support Network Mobile App to enable people grieving worldwide to create their own local grief support communities of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others; along with access to other free grief support resources, education and information.

SUMMARY:
A free proximity-based social network connecting & supporting people grieving or who have grieved with the objective of creating a global community of Grief Angels that can be there for each other during one of live's most difficult time.

Subscribers to the app are known as "Grief Angels" that know that the people they may be helping now or in the future may be themselves, their families or friends.

DEVELOPMENT TEAM:
The app was developed by the team of volunteers and supporters from the non-profit www.MyGriefAngels.org. A development team who have all grieved themselves, and included features on this app that they searched for, but could not find.

APP FEATURES:
Grief is different for each of us, so the app aimed at including what our development team of volunteers saw as the most commonly used resources and needs; including:

1. Proximity-based Feature - Enables you, if you wish, to see and connect with other "Grief Angels" Grieving, or who have grieved near you.

2. Grief Chat Feature - To Chat with other "Grief Angels" grieving or who have grieved near you.

3. Grief Wall - To posts messages to other "Grief Angels" near or far.

4. Grief Meetup - An opportunity to join the group's Grief Meetup and organize your own local grief meetup event. Whether a Coffee/Tea or walking or biking event, what best fit you.

5. Calm Sounds - If you need them, a selection of Calming sounds to help you in your journey.

6. Grief Health - A list and links to some of the latest research, studies and news on the impact Grief can have on our health.

7. Grief Attacks - A section of shared grief coping stories, and strategies on how some of us are or have coped with our own Grief Attacks.

8. Directory - A Directory of Grief Support Resources and Organizations listed by Type of Loss Experienced where you may be able to find additional support, educational resources, mental health professionals and grief counselors.

9. Grief Motion - For many Motion and keeping active has been key to their Grief Recovery, and in this section we list some of the activities many of our members found helpful in trying to stay in motion. From local community groups, to free online education, to volunteer opportunities to exercise and outdoor activities.

10. Grief Videos - A list of what our development team found to be some of the best Grief Meditation and Grief Education Videos on You Tube.

11. Calm Pixs - A collection of pictures with a calming quality by our group's volunteer photographer.

12. Twitter - The Twitter feed of www.Twitter.com/MyGriefAngels highlighting People Grieving worldwide that are turning their Grief into something positive to help others in their communities locally or worldwide.

13. Grief Books - List of Grief Books, and highlighting the recent Grief Book: "Good From Grief: How to Turn Unimaginable Grief into Something Positive in 288 Uplifting Twitter-Sized Life Stories"

14. GreatNonProfits' 2013 & 2014 Top Rated NonProfit - If you can now or in the future, an opportunity to support the efforts of the app's non-profit developer, the 501(c)(3) Public Charity www.MyGriefAngels.org

15. Registration - A link to the short App Registration form where your short answer to a couple of questions will help us to help you connect with other Grief Angels locally and/or experiencing your type of loss.

Welcome, and please help us to get the word out on this app to your friends, your facebook and twitter connections.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
General/Unspecified

The leading free directory of Grief Support Organizations and Resources by Type of Loss Experienced.

As suggested by My Grief Angels online community of people grieving, while there were many organizations providing lists of grief support organizations, none were focused on providing these by type of loss experienced.

My Grief Angels created and launched one of the most in-depth free online directory of grief support resources by type of loss experienced: ie, Aids, Cancer, Child, Military, Suicide, etc.

Under each type of loss, My Grief Angels provides links to Online Grief Support resources and groups focused on helping people grieving from that type of loss. In addition to being organized by type of loss, there is also a section on International resources by country.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
General/Unspecified

Lists of Shared Grief Attacks and Personal Coping Strategies by My Grief Angels' Online Community
and Website & Mobile App visitors/users.

Community members and site/mobile app users are asked to share with us and others grieving, their personal stories and strategies in coping with their own Grief Attacks:

- How did they get thru or are getting thru their Grief Attacks?

- What is causing or caused some of their worst Grief Attacks?

- What coping strategies worked or didn't work for them?

- What did their relatives, friends or co-workers do right or wrong in helping them to deal with their own grief attacks?

If they are up to it and would like to share their experience with others, they fill out the guestbook form on the Grief Attacks section of the My Grief Angels Site - http://www.mygriefangels.org/grief-attacks.html

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
General/Unspecified

Grief HEALTH Self-Help RESOURCE: Latest News and Research on How Grief Can Impact Our Health from around the world; including:

http://www.mygriefangels.org/grief-and-our-health.html

Grief News & Reports:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11806878 Study finds bereaved can be physically damaged by grief. Scans by UCLA scientists have found that the part of the brain that deals with physical pain, the anterior cingulate cortex, also processes emotional pain...But while the brain first registers grief, it's the heart that feels its effects, says Derek Connolly, consultant cardiologist at Birmingham City Hospital..A 2012 Harvard study published in the journal Circulation found a person's risk of having a heart attack increased 21 times over in the day immediately following the death of a loved one and six times over in the following week



​http://www.intellectualdisability.info/mental-health/articles/managing-grief-better-people-with-intellectual-disabilities ​"Managing Grief Better: People With Intellectual DISABILITIES" - People with disabilities have a right to participate fully in the grief and mourning process and in all of society's support systems and rituals associated with these losses...Be honest, include and involve; Listen - be there; Actively seek out nonverbal rituals; Respect photos and other momentoes; minimize change; Avoid assessment ; Assist searching behavior; Support the observance of anniversaries. It is important to make referrals, especially mental health referrals, as soon as any serious grief reactions are noted, such as aggressive behavior, persistent irritability, mutism, loss of skills, inappropriate speech (i.e., asking "where is Dad?" all the time), self-injury, tearfulness and absconding.



http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/864503 "For complicated grief (CG), adding an antidepressant does not significantly enhance the efficacy of targeted complicated grief treatment (CGT) psychotherapy, but it is helpful for patients with co-occurring depressive symptoms, new research shows...The study also shows that "complicated grief (or prolonged grief disorder) differs from major depression. If complicated grief would be some form of depression, antidepressant medication should help. But as it does not, you can assume it is different," http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/2526240



http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/how-grief-can-make-you-sick/ - How Grief Can Make You Sick. The loss of a loved one can impact survivors’ mental and physical health. Grief and Exhaustion. Difficulty Thinking Clearly. Sense of Being Alone. Depression and Substance Abuse. Heart Health and Immunity.
- “Sometimes remembering things as simple as eating well and drinking water can improve a person's quality of life. Even getting 20 minutes of sunshine outside can help.”
- “My coping methods have been writing, letting myself feel my feelings, and connecting with others who are hurting,”



http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-31/grief-on-social-media-facebook/7980770 Sharing loss of a loved one on social media impacts grieving process, researcher finds. Using Facebook when grieving for a family member or close friend may prevent people from coming to terms with the death, a researcher has found. ​Individuals who participated in some form of online grief expression on Facebook had higher anxiety and stress​.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
General/Unspecified

As per suggestions by My Grief Angels online community, and its website & mobile app users, free online community forums by type of loss experienced were created to more closely address the needs of people grieving different type of losses.

Forums by Loss include:


Loss of a Grandparent

Loss of a Parent

Loss of a Spouse

LGBTQ Loss

Loss of a Child

Loss of a Sibling

Loss of an Uncle or Aunt

Loss of a Cousin

Extended Family Loss

Loss of a Friend

Workplace Loss

School Grief

Community Loss

Church Loss

Loss of a Pet

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
General/Unspecified

Online Grief Research Initiatives include the group's ongoing national online survey of people grieving and their experience, knowledge about grief and the grieving process prior to their loss, their recommendations for helping others to be better prepared to face loss and the grieving process

http://www.mygriefangels.org/grief-research.html

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
General/Unspecified

Book: "Good from Grief: How to turn Unimaginable Grief into Something Positive in 288 Uplifting Twitter-sized Life Stories"

Demographic, social and health trends indicate that the total number of people grieving, and specially children, will climb to some of the highest levels ever, but in a new survey by online grief support non-profit, www.MyGriefAngels.org, the overwhelming majority of respondents said: “They were not prepared for dealing with the loss of a loved one, they want schools to do a better job of preparing us for this natural part of life, and they associate grieving with pain and depression”.

New Twitter-inspired book, “Good from Grief”, addresses head on the survey's call for greater grief education, and grief's negative association.

The book is by two Harvard classmates that felt uneducated, unprepared and lost in dealing with the death of their loved ones. Through a Twitter project, "Turning Grief into Something Positive", they selected and shared daily stories of individuals who in the midst of unthinkable pain found the inner strength to turn their grief into something positive. The unexpected healing effect of this project on their own grief journeys, led them to make a case for the positive side of grief with this book. The side that is empowering individuals worldwide in the midst of unbearable pain to turn their grief into something positive for all of us.

The authors, Chao and Failde, share 288 of these life stories in twitter-sized paragraphs that give us a view of the powerful positive impact grief, through individuals like those featured in the book, is making in our communities worldwide. From unshakeable personal commitments to new laws, organizations, research, and awareness campaigns so others they have never met will not have to face the tragedies their families faced - to achieving new heights in the arts, sports, and literature to help others heal and to serve as an examples of triumphs over grief. Chao and Failde point out that, "We all grieve differently and the stories shared here are not meant as a roadmap through grief, but as a glimpse at some of the possibilities through the roads taken by others."

The book includes the inspiring, uplifting and educational examples of folks like,

"A grieving daughter from a family of doctors, whose mother had gone in for knee replacement surgery but died due to complications, turner her grief to a mission and foundation to help prevent the 200,000 yearly deaths from preventable medical error."

"Bruce and Denise Morcombes, who were recently rewarded for their unrelenting dedication to child safety with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), Australia's highest recognition". Since the death of their son after being abducted in 2003, they have dedicated themselves to helping other children avoid the fate of their son."

"A mom, whose 14 year old son was repeatedly bullied at school for being Gay and Asian, is on mission to get new anti-bullying laws in place in schools."

"Named by Interview magazine as one of the "Most Noble Crusaders of the Modern Era," Vance's life was turned upside-down when she lost her only son, Sam, a 19 year old college freshman, to the scourge of heroin. Determined to make a significant impact, Vance took her "fashion with a cause" message to the fashion and entertainment industries with the Sam Vance Foundation and Sama Eyewear."

In an effort to address the need for greater grief education, all authors' proceeds from the distribution of the book will go to fund the development of free "Grief Education" Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the efforts of those who would want to turn their grief into something positive.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
General/Unspecified

Access to 200+ community suggested and free public videos from grieving individuals & families, professors, researchers, grief counselors, organizations, celebrities and others on Grief, Coping with loss, and the Grieving Process.

http://www.mygriefangels.org/grief-tv.html

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
General/Unspecified

Free COVID19 Virtual Grief Support in English and Spanish for Anyone Grieving the Loss of Loved Ones to the Coronavirus Pandemic thru a COVID19 Dedicated site at: GriefSupportOnline.com

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
General/Unspecified

Objective: The Creation of a GriefTech Center at a leading University, Medical Research Center or Mental Health Center to Research, Collaborate with Industry and Implement a Global Educational Outreach to Healthcare Professionals/Workers and People Grieving on “How NEW TECHNOLOGIES can improve the lives of the millions grieving worldwide now and in the future” New Technologies that include: Artificial Intelligence, ChatBots/ GriefBots, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Robotics, Social Media, Cloning, and others.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Top Great Nonprofits - https://greatnonprofits.org/org/my-grief-angels 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Grief HEALTH Self-Help Resource: Latest News and Research on How Grief Can Impact Our Health

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Website Visitors and not including mobile app, free online course, free forums and other visitors to new COVID19 GriefSupportOnline .com site

Number of products distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Free Grief Education: Grief MOOC - Grief and How Grief Can Kill Us

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number and diversity of Products distributed grown from online to books to mobile apps to online directory to online course to COVID19 GriefSupportOnline .com

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

My Grief Angels mission is to enable people grieving worldwide to help themselves, their families, their communities, their work colleagues and others by leveraging new technologies to access the latest FREE education, research, shared-experiences, resources and more on grief, and the grieving process.

1. Free Education thru First FREE MOOC on "Grief and How Grief Can Kill Us" - A Massive Open Online Course selected for inclusion on the European MOOCS platform. <br/><br/>2. Free 24/7 "Grief Support Network" Mobile App to enable people to access free online grief support resources 24/7 regardless of their economic situation, or geographic location.<br/><br/>3. Free Directory of Grief Resources by TYPE OF LOSS experienced so people grieving experiencing one of the worst times in their lives can easily and readily find grief support resources/organizations specific to their own type of loss<br/><br/>4. On Going Grief Research on what people grieving are experiencing, and what we all need to do better to help them in their grieving process<br/><br/>5. Shared Grief and Grief Attacks Experiences to provide people grieving with real life experiences and suggestions from others grieving or who have grieved before them on what they experience and their own personal strategies in dealing with their grief.

My Grief Angels existing projects to date, its founders, its online and mobile community of users worldwide and its volunteers.

1. Top Free Mobile "Grief Support Network" MOBILE APP on Apple's iTunes App Store; Google Play App Store; Amazon Apps and other major app stores worldwide.<br/><br/>2. Leading FREE Grief MOOC on "Grief and How Grief Can Kill Us" - A Free Massive Open Online Course selected for inclusion in the European MOOCS platform<br/><br/>3. Leading Directory of Grief Support Resources BY TYPE OF LOSS in online searches on Google so people grieving and unimaginable suffering can find resources specific to their needs easily and quickly

Our long term mission is to provide anyone, anywhere in the world with 24/7 access to free online grief support with certified grief counselors (paid and volunteer counselors) and while our existing projects; specifically the leading free mobile app and free grief massive open online course have put us solidly on the road, we will need significant additional support to make this happen, but we are not giving up until we are able to.

Financials

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/03/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Sexual orientation
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Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/03/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

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