About Our Organization
Cornerstone of Hope is dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving. We offer comprehensive grief support services to those seeking support after the death of a loved one and to the professional community who serves the bereaved. We have special programs for grieving children, teens, and adults, including specific groups for young widows, those who have lost a child, and those affected by violent crimes, suicide, and neonatal loss, to name a few.
Cornerstone also aims to improve existing programs and aid in establishing new services for the professional and corporate community who desire to serve the bereaved more effectively by offering educational workshops, training seminars, and partnership programs. Personnel in schools, hospices, funeral homes, hospitals, churches, corporations and various other organizations will benefit from the variety of programs targeted toward enhancing the response to those affected by grief.
The Tripodi Family's Story
It was May of 2000 and our lives were about to change forever. On Mother’s Day evening, May 14, 2000, we rushed our only son, Bobby, to the emergency room with a high fever. Though we knew something was wrong, we both expected to be home in a few hours to tuck Bobby into his bed and wake up the next morning to keep living our normal, blessed life. But we didn’t come home until the next evening, and we did so without our son.
Bobby died from an infection caused by bacterial meningitis at just three years old. Soon after Bobby’s death, we searched for comfort and direction. We desperately needed help. Although our world seemed to have stopped, the world that we lived in had continued to orbit at a much faster pace. Mark was expected to get back to work soon after Bobby’s death; Christi was supposed to care for our other children in the very home that Bobby used to run around and play in - his room now empty, his laundry not dirty, his toys lying in the same spot.
We started by attending a hospital support group. And while we desperately needed those monthly meetings, they just weren’t enough. We could have used a weekly or even nightly meeting to meet our needs during the initial “shock” stage of grief. With financial support from our family, we sought private counseling, but even that didn’t seem like enough to help us get through each and every day without Bobby. We were emotionally and spiritually drained with no real hope. We needed something more.
So we began to investigate our options. We found other facilities around the country dedicated to bereavement care. It was in all this that our vision for Cornerstone of Hope emerged. Unlike the support available to us locally when we lost Bobby, Cornerstone of Hope is a home that is open so that those who are hurting can access support for themselves or their family when they need it most. Cornerstone offers professional counseling for individuals or for the entire family. Free and sliding fee scale services are offered so that all can be served. Extended family members can receive training on how to care for those directly affected by the death of a loved one. Corporations can also offer help to their employees whose productivity has been affected by the death of a loved one. Funeral homes, schools, churches, doctors, hospitals, and other existing support groups have a central resource in
Cornerstone that is strictly dedicated to bereavement care for those in need. Our goal is to make life and living possible again and to find new hope after the loss of a loved one. For us, Cornerstone of Hope is our way of fulfilling our millennium resolution to give back. Though the loss of our son was never the way we dreamed we would end up giving back, we are committed to turning our pain into purpose. We pray you will find that purpose in your pain, too.
Mark and Christi Tripodi