Sgt. Casey Knoll of Roseville left behind four children and his fiancée, Adrian, who was 8 months pregnant at the time. To most of us, the loss is unfathomable.
Fortunately, Adrian found her way to the Yolo Hospice Stepping Stones program, which offers free individual grief counseling and twice-a-month group sessions for children and teens. She promptly enrolled her two daughters, who were ages 4 and 3 at the time and seemed to need professional help.
“I make the drive from Roseville twice a month to ensure that Abby and Sammy receive the best child-based grief counseling available,” Adrian says. “I have seen a huge difference in their understanding of what death is, and growth in the acceptance of death. They say it’s a life cycle.”
“Most importantly,” Adrian continues, “my kids have developed coping skills for the now and the future, and a bond that will last a lifetime.”
Adrian wants to share her story publicly to support our bereavement programs, which are funded entirely by philanthropy.
“I am forever grateful for Stepping Stones, and that through donations like yours it will be a continuous place for my children – and others like them – to grow and succeed.”
Research shows time and again that children suffering from trauma benefit from early intervention. Our own follow-ups with families reveal the same thing. Our programs for children are essential to fostering the resiliency they need. Thank you in advance for supporting our work.