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Balloons, each representing a bereaved family, fill the sky at Friends of Karen's 2014 memorial program.


"The staff at The Brooklyn Hospital Center Department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the attention and assistance you gave the Molina family through some extremely difficult times...Most of all, they were able to stay together during what Mr. Molina states has been the most painful experience of his life."
Lynda Martinez-Carde, RN


Surviving parents and siblings need special help to see each other through their loss.

After the death of a child, Friends of Karen continues our relationship with the family. Every family member experiences loss in a different way and we support families on an individual and as needed basis. We help these families through the grieving process and onto the healing process.

Friends of Karen Bereavement Support includes:

  • Assistance with funeral arrangements and expenses.
  • Counseling and support for parents and siblings through home visits.
  • Acknowledgement of anniversary dates with cards, flowers and memorial candles.
  • Referral and financial assistance for bereavement counseling.
  • Age-appropriate books for siblings on the subjects of cancer, death and bereavement.
  • An annual memorial ceremony that brings bereaved families together to celebrate and remember their beloved children, concluding with an inspiring balloon launch.
  • Quilt Program is an act of remembrance for each child through a lasting memorial quilt. Each quilt square is lovingly designed by family members in their child’s memory. The quilts are displayed at the memorial ceremony and other appropriate venues.


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