In 2000, Doug and Julie Stotlar’s 6 year old daughter, Lauren, was killed in a tragic school bus accident. They looked for grief support but found that what was available in the community, primarily support groups and individual therapy, didn’t completely meet their needs. Along the way, the Stotlars found that the most meaningful support was connecting individually with other families who had been through a similar loss. In an effort to help others and build hope out of their own tragedy, the Stotlars, with the help of a Licensed grief professional and a host of dedicated family and friends, founded the kite network, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) to support others whose lives have also been darkened by grief. With support from a community of individual and corporate donors, the kite network has since trained a cadre of Peer Counselors, all of whom have experienced a loss in their own lives and rebuilt their lives after loss, and has provided support for individuals grieving the loss of children, parents, siblings, close friends, and other loved ones.
Recognizing the need for grief services beyond peer-to-peer support, the kite network has since developed a range of resources, referrals and services to expand its community impact and help build our community’s capacity to support individuals in grief. Building on its grief expertise, the kite network also offers workshop and training to businesses, schools, religious organizations, and other community groups in order to increase our community’s grief compassion and to teach others how to support individuals in grief.
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the kite network is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that provides resources and support to individuals in grief, as well as those who surround them, in order to build a community that promotes healthy grieving and healing.
We recognize and honor the fact that each grief journey is unique.
We believe compassionate listening offers empowering insights on the path toward rebuilding life after loss.
Our services are free of charge.
You don’t need to grieve alone.