Along her own grief journey,
the following words of Mother Teresa greatly moved her.
is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than
any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of
this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then
suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary
people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways."
senseless deaths-one caused by a drunk driver, the other by cancer,
left her determined to turn her profound pain into something meaningful
and positive. Russell felt that there would be no better way to honor
their memories than to help others who were suffering from loss in
Mother Teresa's words to heart, she believed that one ordinary person
could make a difference. More than 10 years of preparation preceded
the launch of the nonprofit Web-based service division, through http://www.griefsupportservices.org/, in March 2004.
Karen added advanced studies in Internet marketing and Web design
to her previous background in meeting the needs of the elderly and
people of all ages, the concept of National Grief Support Services
began to solidify.
her goal of establishing the most comprehensive grief support services
organization, would require great resources. The unexpected inheritance
from her uncle provided the seed money for the project.
an outstanding Board of Directors, volunteers and the "Grief Relief"
Team who have lent vision, support and hard work to help the dream
become a reality.