Akron, OH (PRWEB) October 18, 2013
This week featured the "Wave of Light," where parents who have lost a child or children will light a candle in their remembrance. There are 25,000 families every year that lose an infant, 2 million families worldwide that lose a child and 1 of 4 pregnancies results in a loss. Too many families lose a child, and many are met with little understanding, and even outrage from the outside. Unfortunately, the topic is still relatively taboo, and even turning to traditional social media for support can result in further grief for many parents and their families.
Currently, many families use private groups on other social networks to find some support and an outlet to share their story. However, unless a connection is already made, families that may live in the same neighborhood are unable to find each other. With Charlie’s Leaf, everyone that needs support can be linked to each other in one community. Derek Haake, the site’s founder said, "It is my goal to provide a local and national support directory for bereaved parents so they don’t have to suffer in isolation. Organizations can get involved too, and can promote their local resources to help people find the support they need."
Charlie’s Leaf was created to give parents and their families a safe, non-judgmental outlet to share and discuss their loss in a not-so-public environment. The site is a place where families can share their story, share photos of their children, and even connect locally to find support from groups, organizations and other parents and family members within their community.
"I created Charlie’s Leaf because there are memories, photos and stories that I don’t want to share with the world. My hope with CharliesLeaf.org is to help families heal and find support. Many people who lose a child have few – and even no – resources to help them with their grief."