Mission Statement / Vision
The MISS Foundation, established in 1996 by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, is an international 501(c)3, volunteer based organization providing C.A.R.E. [counseling, advocacy, research, and education] services to families experiencing the death of a child.
- We recognize that the death of a child at any age is one of life’s most tragic experiences;
- We honor the sacredness of every member of the family;
- We value integrity, kindness and respect in all we do;
- We provide mindful, compassionate and respectful care of others and ourselves;
- We embrace the commitment of lifelong care in the aftermath of a child’s death;
- We foster a healing environment in which individuals, families and communities may, when ready, experience a sense of hope for the future;
- We recognize the potential in human beings to emerge from their suffering, transformed, ready to help another.
- We promote a non-medicalized, community-based approach to grief including equine therapy with rescue horses, eco therapies through retreats and activities in nature, and mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga.
A Message from Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, Founder
Welcome to the MISS Foundation’s online support site. If you are a family member experiencing the death of a child, we extend our deepest empathy. There simply are not words to express the depth of the sorrow. We are here to share the pain and we want you to know that we will walk with you.
There is so much to learn and see in the MISS Foundation website. In addition to the online support site, we also have face-to-face support groups in certain areas and HOPE Mentors available all over the world. We have a network of Compassionate Bereavement Care providers who are specifically trained in traumatic grief who may be available to offer support services in your community. Our Forums offer online support group board 24/7, fully moderated for safe space. We have sections for families with specialty information for dads, grandparents, and siblings. In our professionals section, there is information on our workshops, resources, and speakers available to present in your facility about many topics relating to child death. We offer a contemplative retreat with skilled leadership that brings grieving families together each year in a beautiful and meaningful setting.
And there is so much more information contained in our pages…take your time and browse. Feel free to ask questions, and know that there is no greater tragedy than the death of a child. You do not walk alone.
Joanne Cacciatore, PhD
PROGRAM ASSISTANT, COUNSELOR & FAMILY SERVICES COORDINATOR
Please contact the MISS Foundation Office for more information. Our Compassionate Bereavement Care® Providers are located in cities throughout the world. They receive specialized training in traumatic grief and compassionate care.
Board of Directors
EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BEREAVED PARENTS ADVISORY BOARD
Friends of the MISS Foundation: Sponsors
We are updating our new sponsors list. Please check back 8/01/19 for current listings.
The MISS Foundation thanks all of our sponsors and donors for their support.
|Deepest gratitude to the family of Daniel John Coleman – Allen, Venessa, Anika, and Craig – for their $85,000 matching gift contribution to support the building of the Selah Family House|
|Kathy Decker has made another very generous donation to support MISS. We are so grateful.|
|Thank you Origami Owl for your continued support this year!|
|Thanks to the Angels Asana and Ale Campaign for raising $25,000 for the Selah House Carefarm Program|
|We are grateful for Zebra sponsoring the MISS Foundation with a $250 donation.|
|We are grateful for BigRentz sponsoring the MISS Foundation with a $250 donation.|
|Thanks to all of our donors for the MISS Foundation and to the Selah House Carefarm Fundraising Effort.|
KONG Company has generously supported the MISS Foundation for many years! We want to encourage our MISS members to support KONG, and we specifically want to acknowledge KONG President, KD Frueh, for her generous support and compassion for MISS bereaved families. Thank you!
We are so excited to announce the MISS Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Kohl’s National Giving Program! We were among 300 nonprofits nationwide to be nominated and selected for this very special honor. Huge thanks to Paxton’s mom, Kohl’s Cares, and Phoenix-area Kohl’s for continually supporting the MISS Foundation! Thank you!
We are so grateful for your continued support.
Thank you again for all your generosity and giving in memory of those you love!!
We are currently updating our current donors list. Please check back 08/01/19.
Thanks to all of our donors for the MISS Foundation and to the Selah House Carefarm Fundraising Effort