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KUOW: A Fathers’ Day event for grieving families


Resilient in Sustaining Empowerment (RISE) is holding its second annual Fathers’ Day event for children who have lost their fathers to gun violence, as well as fathers who have lost children.

The group’s founder Lynniah Grayson said the purpose is to give people harmed by violence a sense of belonging. Beyond these events, Grayson has also created an eight-week program for impacted mothers and their children. The children receive free childcare, thanks to volunteer organizations. During that time, the parents hear from grief counselors, therapists and domestic violence specialists, and participate in yoga and other activities as a cohort. She said the program works to de-stigmatize therapy.