Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services

Mission

Jacob’s Heart exists to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by supporting their families in the challenges they face. Since 1998, Jacob’s Heart has provided emotional, practical, financial and peer support to hundreds of local children with cancer and thousands of their family members. We envision a community where every child with a serious or life-threatening condition has a strong, supported and informed family empowered to fully participate in their care. We strive to inspire compassionate action within local communities, to create a safety net of support for the unique needs of each child and family.

The Big Idea

The loss of a child is a unique and special sorrow, and families bereaved by the death of a child need ongoing care and support to facilitate emotional healing. In November, Jacob’s Heart held our first Forever Loved retreat at Hidden Hills Ranch in Prunedale. Our staff psychologist, Dr. Lily Rich, gathered a group of bereaved parent mentors to plan and facilitate the retreat. Parents and bereaved siblings from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds experienced a cross-cultural connection at a deep, emotional level. Retreat activities included: support groups; equine therapy, expressive art, and therapeutic play; peer mentorship; massages and aromatherapy; and an evening camp fire and the “you are forever loved” ceremony. The families have expressed a desire to make this retreat an annual event. What an enormous gift of love for our community to make that happen!

When you lose a precious child, there is nothing more healing than being with others who share that experience. Jacob's Heart connects families in deep and meaningful ways, helping us endure the unimaginable . . . together.

- Mary Robledo