The Arby’s Foundation Supports Alive’s School-based Grief Support with $11,000 Grant 

Alive is grateful to The Arby’s Foundation for an $11,000 grant to support students who have lost someone important in their lives. The Arby’s Foundation has committed $500,000 to support every community where Arby’s has a restaurant, including Middle Tennessee, and anticipates giving out nearly 200 local grants across the U.S. 

Children and teens coping with grief need support early on to remain healthy and resilient in the face of loss. As the only nonprofit hospice in Middle Tennessee, Alive goes above and beyond Medicare requirements with “mission-based” services for the whole community, including grief support. Grants and donations fund this critical work. 

Alive’s counselors are specialists in grief support for children, families and individuals. Alive’s School-based Grief Support program brings this expertise to students (K-12) and their guardians in seven partner school districts in Middle Tennessee.  

On-campus grief support groups help students learn to accept the reality of death and find hope for the future. In each district, school counselors serve as advocates for Alive’s programs, identify students and families in need of grief support and help secure locations for on-campus events. The program also provides valuable training for school personnel, who may have little experience dealing with grief. 

A school counselor who recently hosted our on-campus grief group told us: “I was thrilled to hear that this resource would be offered to the students of our district…because I knew we had many students who had experienced a significant loss in their lives. I am so grateful to the donors of this program for allowing us the opportunity to help our students in this way…and to the amazing facilitators who were so caring and professional. This is an amazing program!” 

Alive was chosen as a Childhood Bereavement Changemakers (CBC) for improving the future and strengthening outcomes for grieving youth by Judi’s House/JAG Institute (JH/JAG) in partnership with the New York Life Foundation. Our services are available to the whole community, and no one is turned away. Learn more at