Lack of funding closes GriefWorks

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 28, 2010 at 7:34 PM

AUBURN, Wash. - A non-profit group dedicated to helping people deal with their grief is closing because of a lack of funding.

 GriefWorks operates out of a small office in a community center in Auburn.

"I experienced the death of my brother when I was 12 years old. And my dad when I was 16. My son died after a 22-month battle with a brain tumor," said GriefWorks co-founder Mel Erickson.

Now Erickson grieves the loss of her organization.

Since it formed 12 years ago, GriefWorks has served more than 10,000 people, mostly children.

"Most people grieving a death don't need therapy. They need to understand the grieving process and then not walk alone in it," she explained.

The City of Auburn has given GriefWorks a $10,000 grant, but it's not enough to keep the organization going. Without donations next month will be the end for a group dedicated to mending broken hearts.

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