Examples of Projects Started by Families in Memory of Children:
There are thousands of examples of projects initiated by families in memory of a child. We list here a just a few examples. Some have chosen to memorialize together with countering the darkness that surrounded their death. Others saw a need in the community and tried to fill it in memory of their child. Others have chosen ways that represent their child’s interests.
I Miss My Baby: Pnina Rosenstark, after the loss of her infant son, wrote a children’s book about loss. The book is meant to help families and schools discuss child loss with children. http://inourheartsproject.com/recommended-books/childrens-books/my-shoshana/
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation was founded in memory of Jonah Macabbee Dreskin. It helps young people build whole, healthy lives and runs a yearly memorial concert. https://www.jonahmac.org/
In memory of Gilad Shaar, each year families, schools, and institutions, bake cookies and cakes and share them with others.
Shai Layeladim, a website which teaches Torah (in Hebrew) for children through creative educational games, was started by the Kroizer family in memory of their two sons that were killed. https://shayleyeladim.org.il/
Sherri and Seth Mandell started a camp in Israel to help victims of terror in memory of their son Koby who was killed by terrorists. https://www.kobymandell.org/
Reva and Aaron Tokayer began an educational garden to memorialize the values and interests of their son, Ilan. http://netailan.com/
After their son Ariel passed away from extreme heat stroke, Mark and Ellen Newman compiled this list to help others learn how to stay safe in extreme heat. https://arielschecklist.com/ariel-newman-story/
After the tragic murder of their thirteen year old daughter, the family of Hallel Ariel wrote a book to help bat mitzvah girls celebrate their bat mitzvahs with deeper meaning. https://lp.vp4.me/jmcq
As a response to the murder of their son in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, the family of Alex Schachter began Safe Schools for Alex to spearhead a nationwide campaign for safer schools. https://safeschoolsforalex.org
The family of Malka Chana Roth, murdered in the Sbarro bombing in Jerusalem, began Keren Malki in her memory. Keren Malki empowers families of children with severe disabilities in Israel to keep the children within their family home instead of living in institutions. https://kerenmalki.org
Rachel’s Challenge – Started by a family in whose daughter was the first victim of the Columbine massacre. The goal is to combat bullying in schools which contributed to their daughter’s death.
If you know of other examples that might be helpful to a family please let us know in the comments section below!
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