THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Nov. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Online grief support non-profit My Grief Angels today launched a new free proximity-based "Grief Support Network" app to help people grieving connect and create their own local or global grief support network during what is for many grieving, one of the most difficult times of the year – the holidays.
For the majority of people, the holidays are a joyous time, but for many of the millions grieving worldwide, the holidays and the mass media campaigns that now start earlier than ever are yearly painful reminders of their loss.
"Each year, about 2.5 million people die nationwide. Every Death leaves behind an average of 4 or 5 grieving survivors"
For many of the 10 million in the US and 250 million worldwide that will grief this year alone, the holidays are a time of painful grief attacks often triggered by memories, decorations, displays, places, foods, music and other reminders of past holidays with their loved ones.
The new free app provides them with the mobile tools to help them connect locally, chat, and post messages to others grieving or who have grieved. When they needed, the app's proximity-based and live chat features let the users see who from their network is near their location to reach out to or who may be available to live chat 24/7 anytime anywhere.
The "Angels Wall" feature enables users to share what they are feeling 24/7 or post messages seeking others who are facing or have faced similar type of loss. One of the first postings submitted on the app is from a grieving daughter in Boston reaching out to others whose mother or father may have been a victim of early onset Alzheimer's and who are still navigating thru this unusual loss process.
"3.5 % of children younger than 18 will lose their mother or father, according to the Social Security Administration. As people now become parents when they are older, this number is likely to increase."
In a national online survey conducted by the My Grief Angels organization, "Over 80% of the respondents did not feel prepared to deal with the death of their loved one", and the majority felt that more needs to be done by our schools to educate us on grief and the impact grief can have on our health and our families. The app's Grief Health feature addresses this need by providing users with access to the links and sources of the latest articles addressing how grief can impact their health.
The "Grief Support Network" app enables individuals, families, friends, students, co-workers, neighbors, organizations or any group to create their own local communities' support network to be there for anyone that does not want to grieve along this holiday season.
"After the service, everyone leaves, and we are left alone in our painful grief. I lost my brother unexpectedly the Friday after Thanksgiving, so this time of the year is a rough time for me. Through this app, just knowing people are there and seeing their lights in the app's "Angels Near" map is comforting in itself, even without a word exchanged" Gelcy Capote, Miami, Florida
The app also includes features that provides users with access to selections of calming videos, photos and sounds.