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GivinG back Getting Through It Together by Stephanie Lesser Losing a loved one can be a difficult and painful experi- ami Country Day School in Miami Shores. Additional sites ence. That’s why, for the last 14 years, the Children’s Be- are available for young adults ages 18–32 through the Lift reavement Center (CBC) has been offering peer support From Loss division of the CBC. Services remain free of groups for children who are grieving the death of a loved charge thanks to generous donations and local fundraisers. one. Services are free of charge and are based on well re- You can help by making a donation, sponsoring a child, vol- searched methods and practices for addressing grief and unteering or attending a fundraising event. bereavement. “. . .You know you are making a The heart and soul of the CBC are group sessions that offer difference in people’s lives by a supportive and accepting environment. CEO and Execu- participating in this program,” tive Director Mindy Cassel says the group sessions are a comforting experience where children spend time with oth- says Cassel. ers who understand what they’re going through. “That’s the magic of the group,” she says. Recent CBC fundraisers were held during Art Basel 2012 and included Steps for Healing, an annual 5k walk/run held Caregivers are also invited to attend groups to learn how at Zoo Miami, and Facing the Future, an event hosted by to best support themselves and their children during times Anima Domus and featuring a raffle to win an original, one- of grief. The CBC teaches that grieving is a normal, natural of-a-kind Driade Nemo armchair painted by UR New York. process and that people have the ability to heal at their own pace and in their own way. The CBC’s next fundraiser, Rockin’ the Green, will be held March 16. This signature annual event will feature music, “At first, you feel terrible for the children who come into the dinner and dancing plus live and silent auctions. Hosting center. But it becomes joyful to watch them heal. You know around 500 guests, the event raises a third of the CBC’s you are making a difference in people’s lives by participat- funds annually. Please call for availability. ing in this program,” says Cassel. To learn more about the CBC, upcoming events or how to The CBC has three main sites for children ages 5–18: Ran- get involved, call 305.668.4902, email info@childbereave- som Everglades School in Coconut Grove; Mailman Segal ment.org or visit www.childbereavement.org. Center of Nova Southeastern University in Davie; and Mi- 104 march/april 2013 southfloridaluxuryguide.com


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