INDIANAPOLIS — Riley Hospital for Children and IU Health are launching a new, first-of-its-kind digital tool for grieving families.
It’s a website and app designed to support anyone at any point in their grief journey. The idea came from a family who knows what grieving parents are going through.
Peyton Belling passed away at Riley Hospital for Children in 2015 after battling leukemia. His parents Eric and Molly eventually took part in the grief therapy offered by Riley’s bereavement team but they recognized gaps in that support.
So the Belling family, along with the Peyton’s Promise Inc. Foundation, linked up with the bereavement team to create the grief support app. There’s a unique journaling feature, spaces to store memories and even a way to release a lantern in the digital space. It took two and a half years to develop and fine-tune, but it is now available. It’s not just for Riley families, but for anyone experiencing the loss of a child anywhere in the world.
The Belling family says the Peyton’s Promise Inc. Foundation they created after their son’s death is focused on providing tangible support for families and that means most of their efforts have been limited to Indiana. The app provides a way for them to support many more people and from a distance.
To access the free app, text the word GRIEF to 22999 or click here.