The Joshua Neves Children's Foundation (JNCF) provides bereavement support for Hawaii families who have suffered the loss of a child.
The 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charity was selected as one of five nonprofits in the state to have a display set-up on the grounds of Honolulu Hale during the month of December. JNCF elected to depict a remembrance display with the scene of five angels holding kites honoring the memory of four Hawaii children who have gone to heaven. The fifth angel was a photo angel where people could take a photo of themselves as an angel.
Thousands of Hawaii families are surviving child loss. State of Hawaii health department statistics show that the highest mortality rates of infants and young adults (under 24-years-old) are due to complications at birth, accidents, illness and self-harm.
The Joshua Neves Children's Foundation has served hundreds of local families. Many of the losses we see are due to cancer and other illnesses, along with fatal motor vehicle and other accidents.
This short feature was taken on the grounds of Honolulu Hale at the December unveiling of the remembrance display. Families involved in JNCF's monthly bereavement support group came to share in the moment and to lend support to the families and children honored.
Several families were interviewed. One father spoke of how he lost his 18-year-old daughter in an automobile accident. A single mom shared of how she was overwhelmed when seeing the kite honoring her young son's memory. Another mother spoke of how her loss was so similar to the founder's of JNCF in losing her son to a sudden illness.
Collectively, this short feature honors all families - not only in Hawaii - but all those who understand and know what it is like to suffer the tragic loss of a child. We pray you will be blessed by this video. If you or someone you know are in need of bereavement support, please reach out to JNCF and find out more about us online at nevesfoundation.org or find a support group nearest you.
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