(PRWEB) May 23, 2005
Western culture has no contemporary symbol for mourning after a loved one has died. Yet, grief is as real as love.
In an effort to change the way our culture mourns, the MISS Foundation, in association with the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, has designed the "In Mourning Band ÂÂ, a black wristband intended to serve as an outward symbol of a person who is newly bereaved. They are available for only $2.00 through the MISS Foundation.
The MISS Foundation, an Arizona-based, international nonprofit organization that helps grieving children and adults after a childÂs death, has been working to create awareness, supporting the concept of compassionate communities throughout the grief experience. Joanne Cacciatore, MSW, founded the MISS Foundation in 1996, after the death of her baby daughter. Joanne worked closely with Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, world renowned psychiatrist, prolific author, and her friend and mentor. During the course of her work, Joanne authored the acclaimed book "Dear Cheyenne" and often told others that she had five children: four who walk and Âone who soars.Â Thus, the foundation is also offering a white "One Who Soars Band ÂÂ to represent healing and hope after a death experience, one of the basic tenets of both organizations.
ÂThere is no greater imperative for compassion and empathy- no more profound call to the community for kindness- than when death strikesÂ death changes us forever,Â says Cacciatore. ÂThere needs to be some way to communicate to others, ÂBe gentle. I am wounded.Â The idea behind both bands is to bring families and communities together in support of individuals who have lost a loved one to death. The bands are an outward, visible representation of a person who may be in need of more support and compassion from others.
Joanne Cacciatore, MSW
(602) 574-1000 Cell
Office (623) 979-1000
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