Our mission is to
"Empower the SMILE that can heal the pain."
The death of a parent can be devastating for a child. Consequently, we will meet our children and families during a very painful and emotionally vulnerable time in their lives, following a
By providing quality counseling services, our goal is to create even more moments that will educate, encourage, support, comfort. We will do what it takes to leave a lasting impression, by building on memories that will...
EMPOWER THEIR SMILE!
A note from the Founder:
I remember a lot of tears, but I don't remember crying. I recall my mom being taken from her bedroom on the hospital bed and being asked if I wanted to say anything to her, and I remember not knowing what to say. I was six years old and my Mommy had just died from cancer. Things changed, home changed, life changed...and it was hard. Even now, the good times can be tough because I still long for my mother's presence, her support, advice, and love.
When my grandmother died in May 2010, her death prompted my return to school in hopes to help brighten the outcome for children who were like me...confused, vulnerable, and lonely after a loss. I enrolled in the graduate Counseling program at Mercer University because I was exposed to grief again, but this time I was old enough to understand and I didn't like it. My mind couldn't rest knowing that there were children experiencing the emotions that my adult heart and mind were having difficulty handling. At that point I decided to do my part to make a change in how families and society respond to children who are grieving.
So here I am. My experiences have brought me to this place. I am pursuing my life's purpose and my prayer is that your family will be positively impacted by SMILE Project. I thank you for trusting me to share this healing journey with you. ~Hope