Carl’s Butterflies serves as a break from the grief of being emotionally isolated. A 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit crisis organization that supports children while their family member transitions through a critical illness, hospice care or death. It is offered to young children, teens and adolescent. There are three programs under this organization: Jasmine’s Place, Rufus Cares and Imani’s Love
The goal of Carl's Butterflies is to reduce the sense of isolation internalized by children after the death or critical illness of a family member or friend. By providing the emotional support to our children that will allow them to maintain and develop friendship and social connections, build strong interpersonal skills and instill a sense of hope in the future as they deal with the grief.
Statement of Need
We all grieve when a family member passes on. It is in our nature to mourn the loss of a loved one. Many forget that children grieve also. They are called the “forgotten mourners,” those whose silent grieving is reflected in their future behavior.
In many cases, death are the critical illness of a loved one is a traumatic event, which could lead to posttraumatic symptoms and behavioral problems. Depending on their age, children will react differently to the loss of a loved one. A child might begin to be more sullen, shun the company of others, or act out at home and school. In adolescents, this post-traumatic reaction to a death can be more severe. A teenager, as a result, may become involved in drugs, alcoholism, promiscuity, or gangs.
Programs and other Services
Our teens, and younger children meet in separate groups weekly. These “Talk Circles” allow adolescent, and younger children an opportunity to explore and express their grief. We also hosts a once a year weekend trip to Virginia. We have guest speakers and field trips. We are working on a 24 hours 7 days a week hotline.
Our Motto: A Place Where Our Children Always Know They Are Not Alone During Grief.