In Loving Memory is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization specifically for bereaved parents who are now childless. The purpose of In Loving Memory is to provide conferences for bereaved parents who are now childless, where they find encouragement and solace from the profound grief caused by the death of their child. In Loving Memory recognizes that parents who survive their only or all of their children face unique challenges in their grief. Childless parents lose the opportunity to nurture a child, to look forward to milestones like a graduation, a wedding day or grandchildren and the pleasures they would have brought. In Loving Memory is an organization where bereaved parents learn from other bereaved parent’s effective ways to cope with overwhelming loss and sorrow.
The organization has touched hundreds of grieving parents from all over the United States, and other countries, providing information and referral to bereaved parent support groups, grief counselors in their own communities. In Loving Memory’s event is a national bereavement conference addressing emotional, spiritual and practical concerns surrounding grief. In Loving Memory has no paid staff and all work is done on a volunteer basis.
Lisa Champlin was a young woman of elan, courage and principle. She died in 1988 at age 22-½, after living with brain cancer for five and a half years. Her death left a hole in the lives of her mother and stepfather, Linda and Glen Nielsen. They missed everything about Lisa. And because she was their only child, they struggled with the feeling that they could no longer be a mom and dad. While they remember and miss Lisa every day, their grief has evolved and softened over many years. They have discovered that the parent’s special role is enduring, even after their child has died, and their memories of their daughter can now often bring comfort, not only pain. They cherish the mementos of her in their home. They love to speak of her, recalling her personality and her passions.
Acting on a need to dedicate their energy and caring to a new purpose, the Nielsens founded In Loving Memory, a nonprofit organization, to offer comfort and support to other parents who grieve the loss of an only child or all their children.