GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A West Michigan nonprofit dedicated to helping grieving children and teens is hosting its annual breakfast Wednesday with hopes to gain support to expand services.
Ele's Place West Michigan , which works to ensure no child grieves alone, is hosting its annual "Healing Hearts" breakfast Wednesday at Frederik Meijer Gardens.
The organization helps the estimated 1 in 12 children in Michigan will experience the loss of a parent or sibling by age 18.
Unresolved grief is linked to depression, eating and sleeping disorders, violence, truancy and substance abuse.
The organization also has a school-based program to help 4th to 12th grade students cope with death.