One in thirteen children in Georgia will suffer the loss of a parent or child by age 18 - roughly 111,000 kids in Metro Atlanta. Kate’s Club is the only organization in the metro area providing long-term therapeutic and recreational support for these children. Evidence demonstrates that grieving children with a strong community of support, an outlet for emotional expression, and healthy coping skills achieve significantly improved long-term life outcomes.
Kate’s Club offers its programming free of charge, so finances are not a barrier to our programs. We help children through a range of confusing emotions after the death of a loved one. Often times, these emotions are confusing and overwhelming, and they lack a formal support system to help them cope with their loss. Unresolved grief and the lack of coping tools leaves children more susceptible to future alcohol/drug abuse, depression, and risk of suicide. Kate’s Club provides the critical skills necessary or children to cope during this extremely difficult and vulnerable time in their lives.
Each year, on the Sunday prior to Children's Grief Awareness Day, the Atlanta community comes to together to honor and advocate for grieving children, teens and their families at Memory Walk. Held on November 10th, 2019, the Kate’s Club Memory Walk is an interactive and family-friendly 2k that creates awareness around childhood grief. The walk features a short, 1.2-mile loop around Piedmont Park. After the walk, attendees will enjoy lunch, games, and other fun activities. Speakers will include Kate Atwood, Kate’s Club founder, Kate’s Club members, and other community leaders.
The objectives of Memory Walk are for participants to be able to honor their loved ones, make children’s grief awareness an issue widely recognized in metro Atlanta as being important, provide a safe space for the greater community to grief together, provide learning opportunities around grief, and connect families to available resources in metro Atlanta.