Dennis Dunn, owner of Dunn-Quigley Funeral Homes, knew he wanted to do something to serve families in the Akron-Stow area.
He learned of The Kelly Reeves Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization that was established to benefit Kelly's Grief Center, which offers professional counseling services to adults, teens, and children both in individual and group settings.
Dunn-Quigley Funeral Home made a donation in partnership with Forsight Family Funeral Homes on behalf of the families they serve.
Then Funeral Directors Life Insurance Co. matched the donation through the Helpers of People Charitable Contributions Matching Program. The foundation provides funding so that no one is denied service for inability to pay.
The Kelly Grief Center was founded by Bob and Cathy Reeves, whose 16-month-old daughter, Kelly Marie, died in 2002. Since her death, Kelly's parents have found solace and comfort in grief counseling. Because of this, the family felt the need to help others who struggle from grief due to the loss of a loved one.
"This program will hopefully create awareness about the availability of grief counseling here in our area," said Dunn.
"It is just one way we can show our appreciation to the families we serve. We are thrilled to be partnering with FDLIC in offering hope to grieving families through this matching program. The Kelly Grief Center makes counseling services available for every family, no matter their economic status. We are proud to support them as they bring hope and healing to our community following a loss."