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Compassion for the Family’s Journey

2018 Summer Appeal – Make a Gift Today

Three years ago, I came to Kara after the death of my father. As Dad’s primary caregiver, I was alone with him when he died in the quiet of an early morning. I felt conflicted about decisions I made in his final days and I needed a safe space to grieve. My Kara counselor helped me normalize my feelings, and I gradually began to heal. My journey through grief inspired me to work with people seeking support and
spiritual comfort, often families in their own hospice experience. A career move this year led me back to Kara, and I joined the Development team in January.

I have long been a Kara supporter because I believe in our focused mission, and have seen friends benefit from our coordinated and caring services for children, adults, and families.

Through drop-in support groups, peer counseling, and educational programs, Kara brings healing and wholeness to families who were once broken by the loss of their loved one, and who are now beginning to embrace life again.

A gift this summer will provide a healing community for families through ongoing peer support groups, and connection for kids and teens at our annual Camp Erin. Your generosity will bring compassion to Latino families supported by our Spanish Services Program, and care to grieving students through our Journeys Program (school-based groups).

Please donate today to support a family as they suffer the difficult journey that accompanies grief. Your kindness gives them a safe space to move toward renewed hope and meaning, just as it did for me.

With Gratitude,

Kathy Merkle-Raymond
Development Manager

There are many factors that helped us put the pieces back together, and Kara was one of the big ones. I am eternally grateful for what my children and I have gotten from the program. Listening and learning from the group leaders and from other survivors has been essential to our recovery.

– Mom of Children’s and Teen’s Groups Participants