If you are someone who likes to give hope to those who are in darkness, this is a great place to have that opportunity. If you have a desire to sow your God-given skills, your time, or your finances into a group of people with deep needs, Grieving Parents Sharing Hope has a place for you.
It only takes one of these three simple things to link arms with GPS Hope:
As you can imagine, it takes a lot of energy, grace and wisdom to be on the front lines as a 911 to parents who have lost a child from this earth. We appreciate every prayer, no matter how simple or how detailed.
The best and quickest way to know about the prayer needs of GPS Hope is to join our Friends of GPS Hope Facebook page. Here is where we share the needs, along with the joys, of ministering to grieving parents. Those who are part of our Friends page get an exclusive back door pass to what is going on behind the scenes of GPS Hope. Click here to be taken to the Friends of GPS Hope Facebook page, and make sure you click to join and to get notifications.
With 760 mothers and fathers losing a child under the age of 40 every day in the United States, just about everyone knows someone who has lost a child. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that the death of a child:
- is considered traumatic grief
- five years and under is considered fresh grief for these shattered parents
What most grieving parents need is someone who has been right where they are; someone who has faced the same traumatic grief and can understand the suffocating darkness. They need to be able to communicate with other bereaved parents who are further down the road, who understand why it takes so very long to find hope and light, and who have learned how to live beyond the death of their own child.
You can be the bridge, connecting these two groups by sharing GPS Hope and the many resources we have for bereaved parents. Just some of the things you can specifically share with them are:
- Expressions of Hope blog
- GPS Hope Facebook page
- YouTube channel
- Give a book, or one of our special book packs
Other things you can do to create awareness about Grieving Parents Sharing Hope in your community:
- Talk about us to your friends, neighbors, co-workers, church family, etc. Word of mouth is the BEST way to let people know we are here.
- Talk to funeral homes, hospital chaplains, etc. and ask if they know about GPS Hope and our resources. Send them to our website to check us out and encourage them to contact us.
- Go to your local bookstore and find out what it would take to carry our books on their store shelves.
- Have us come and speak and minister hope after loss to a group or church.
The death of one’s child leaves most parents in a place of anger, hopelessness, confusion, and depression. While they may appear to be strong, or functioning on a “normal” level, it is usually because they are on autopilot, or because they feel it is expected of them. Their home life behind closed doors is a totally different story, where they are barely functioning, and there is nothing untouched by the deep pain and anguish. They need to connect with those who know exactly what that is like, who can walk with them and be the hope and light they need; those who are a living testimony of surviving the death of one’s child.
When you care deeply for someone, your finances will automatically get involved. You will want to help provide resources to these shattered parents from those who can give the hope they desperately need.
Dave and Laura have cut their personal expenses to a bare minimum, to enable them to serve grieving parents full-time. This includes selling their house in Wisconsin and living in a motor home, to enable them instant mobility to wherever they are called. Giving financially to GPS Hope means giving to an organization whose founders are very serious about giving hope, light and purpose to grieving parents.
GPS Hope is a growing national ministry. Our goal is to have a strong presence in all fifty states by the end of 2023. As the founders, Dave and Laura can only reach so many shattered grieving parents, but together, we can reach the hundreds who face this horrible nightmare every year.
It is easy for you to give a monthly tax-deductible gift to GPS Hope, by using PayPal to automatically deduct the desired amount from your account. Click here to fill out the information, and thank you for caring enough to give financially to Grieving Parents Sharing Hope!
YES! I WANT TO LINK ARMS WITH GPS HOPE!
If any of these three things resonates with you, please submit your name and email address so we have a direct line with each other. You will hear from us once a week with encouraging words, useful information for anyone facing a deep loss, and special messages relating to GPS Hope.
(Your information is safe with us and will be kept private.)
Also, you can ask to join our Friends of GPS Hope Facebook Group designed just for our supporters (not to be confused with our GPSHope FB page that is designed specifically to encourage bereaved parents) so you can can keep up to date with what GPS Hope is doing. Simply answer the questions so we know its the right fit for you as we want to make sure bereaved parents connect with us on the page designed specifically for them.