Since inception, Kenzie’s Gift has delivered over 3,000 one on one therapy sessions to children and families across NZ and delivered over 1,000 journey and bereavement kits.
Our website averages over 3,000 visits/month with an average 3400 ‘page views’ which is continuing to grow year on year, and this is expected to rise with our new online resource. In the period Feb 2015 - July 2015 where we averaged 1,300 and 2,200.
About 25% of our population is under 18 (Statistics NZ Census 2013) - approximately 1.25 million children – and estimate one in every 20 - about 6,800 - will be affected by the death of a loved one by the age of 18.
Based on international statistics (Ref: US-based ‘The Shared Grief Project’), an estimated 1 in 20 children will experience a bereavement by the age of 16.
When serious illness or bereavement occurs within a family, everyone is affected. For children and young adults, the impact can be intense, emotionally traumatic and long-lasting. In our death-averse society, children are often left to grieve alone. Feelings of isolation and loneliness can create social, behavioural and academic problems.
Thank you for playing with me. I will miss you.
I still carry what you have taught me over the years with me at all times.
You have been such a good friend.
I feel as though I have my boy back.
We have an enormous depth of gratitude. I am so proud of his achievements this year. You are an integral part of this.
Thank you for your supportive phone calls when I was losing hope.
Thank you so very much for all you have done for our little boy and for us all as a family. We really do appreciate your work and are extremely grateful to Kenzie’s Gift for making it possible. While we may never get over the loss of a beautiful, daughter, wife and mother your help has certainly eased the sorrow and made such a difference.