There are a lot of new, exciting things going on! We have gotten our preliminary documentation from the government, and will begin the long process of applying for nonprofit status. Meanwhile, we can continue to fund-raise and to gratefully accept tax-deductible donations.
On January 8, 2001, we became Associates of Amazon.com, an on-line shopping resource for books, music, and tons of other stuff. What this means: when you access amazon via the links on the Grief Warehouse web site, Grief Warehouse will get a portion of what you spend. For us to get credit, you MUST go through our website.
Thanks to donations and the internet sales of our lightening bug pins, I am happy to report that Cries of Grief 2000 was successfully printed in December for the third year. I think the poetry is the best and most diverse we have ever had. This booklet is made available for free, at area support groups and memorial services.
The printing costs for the book were much less than anticipated, so we were also able to print 200 copies of our brochure. These will be dispersed through funeral homes and hospitals in our area. (They are nearly gone!) The brochure lists all area support groups and contacts for bereaved parents, a brief list of what we have to offer (lending libraries, etc.) and a section about what is 'normal' for newly bereaved parents.
Grief Warehouse has also been out in the community during the holiday season. We have decorated two trees at the light display at the Racine Zoo, and held a memorial service on December 10th for National Children's Memorial Day. Both events went smoothly, and were handled sensitively by our local paper, The Racine Journal Times.
We have also purchased the domain name, brighterpath.org, for Brighter Path Publishing. This will accommodate the publishing end of Grief Warehouse. I hope to have a bare-bones site up before the end of the month. My energies this week are going into updating and redecorating the Grief Warehouse site. Stop by and see our new look, and watch for additions in the days ahead!
Thank you, everyone, for your tremendous support!