Bereaved Children:
MISS Foundation Reacts to September 11th Disaster

by Kara L.C. Jones

With the aftermath of September 11th comes a whole wave of grief that seems to have come over everyone I know. At the MISS Foundation, Joanne Cacciatore and Jana Vorhis decided that there had to be something we could all do to reach out and offer support to all the children who lost parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents in the terroist attacks.

The MISS Foundation already houses an entire section of bereavement support for kids and their care givers at, and one of the resources there is The Kaleidoscope of Grief: When Children Experience Death which is an interactive book for children ages 7 and up. Joanne and Jana decided to use this book as the basis for creating disaster relief packets that the MISS Foundation would send for free to the children who lost loved ones on September 11th.

Jana sent the following request, and I wanted to share it with all of you who read here at KotaPress. Although we can't all go to NYC and actually help with the "clean up," this MISS sponsored project offers one very real way you can help:

"MISS will be offering "Disaster Relief- Sponsored Packets". The idea is to send Kaleidoscope or Color of Grief workbooks to the children of the families who were personally touched by the tragedy of September 11, 2001. The packets will include an age appropriate book for a child dealing with grief and some informational brochures. The cost is $12.00 per pack ( This includes postage) and at the request of the sponsor, a Kindness Card can be included with the sponsor child's name. Additionally, MISS will distribute some of their brochures to the victims families, rescue workers, volunteers and survivors.

Many parents have come to me in the past week with higher than usual anxiety. We are all survivors of a tragedy and this event may trigger sensitive issues and have PTSD type symptoms. People want and need to help. This project will serve two purposes; one- to aid the victims of the terrorist attacks, and two- offer a constructive outlet for families who have suffered personal tragedies and need a healthy outlet. (This may help reduce some of the PTSD affects.)"

If you can and want to help with this MISS effort, please contact Joanne Cacciatore at or check out the MISS website at

Dedicated to those whose lives were taken on September 11, 2001
and to Dakota Jones whose life ended on March 11, 1999.

Author Biography
Kara L.C. Jones is a founder of KotaPress and a grieving mother who lost her first born son on March 11, 1999 at 4:47 p.m. She works toward healing by doing her own writing and offering poetry therapy consults to other bereaved parents. If you wish to contact her, please send email to

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