Local non-profit celebrates 20 years

By: Lauren Fabrizi

Mourning Hope, a grief center, helps children and young adults across the capital city cope with the loss of a family member.

Volunteers, clients and community members came out for a 20th anniversary celebration Sunday. There was a special balloon launch to remember loved ones who have died.

“Before we came to Mourning Hope, Jess was really having an issue, would rarely talk about Josh– who was the little boy we lost,” Steve Brestel said. “And after we went through the program, it just helped her immensely where she could non–stop talk about him.”

“Even though it’s a difficult experience, it’s also very, very rewarding to hear families say things like, ‘Mourning Hope gave us back our daughter, Mourning Hope helped save our life,'” Carly Runestad of the non-profit said.

Mourning Hope extends its services by holding educational sessions at Lincoln Public Schools. The executive director said it helps about 400 children and young adults every year.