Giving Tuesday 2022

Giving Tuesday 2022

November 29, 2022: Give us three minutes.
Through the McNicholas family’s powerful story on the loss of their 14-year-old son, this video highlights the importance of grief support and hospice.

Your community depends on The HAP Foundation to be there for your family, friends and neighbors when they are faced with unimaginable loss.

Help us to be there to always say “yes” to those who need our assistance to get the resources that will guide them through their grief journey. Your donation today of $125 or more will be generously matched by The Coleman Foundation with a $125 gift to The HAP Foundation.

No one should have to navigate serious illness, grief, or the loss of a child by themselves.” -Joseph Matty, President

Thank you for your support of the families in your community.

November 28, 2022: “We started Missing Pieces with an open mind to help as many as we could. When asked who we will help, we would just say yes.
Do you want to help little kids? Yes.
Do you want to help big kids? Yes.
Do you want to help families? Yes.
And that was really how this program grew to serve the needs of everyone in the community.” -Dr. Kelly Michelson, co-founder of Missing Pieces

Tomorrow we need your help so we can say “YES” to those who are seeking support through our Missing Pieces program. Your online donation of $125 or more to The HAP Foundation on November 29th will be matched by a generous $125 gift from The Coleman Foundation.

Help us reach our Giving Tuesday goal of $50,000 and make a difference in the lives of grieving families in your community. Thank you for supporting families facing loss.

Thank you for supporting families facing loss 
Listen to the full interview with Dr. Kelly Michelson.

November 27, 2022:“These families wake up one day and their child is gone. We quickly aligned ourselves with the medical examiner’s office only to find out there is no support” - Kristin James, Executive Director of Pediatrics, The HAP Foundation & Missing Pieces co-founder Giving Tuesday is in two days.

The HAP Foundation’s Giving Tuesday goal this year is to raise $50,000 for our Missing Pieces program – your community, your neighbors, your friends, your family. Donate $125 or more between now and December 15th and the Coleman Foundation will generously match your gift.

Thank you for your support.

November 21, 2022: Our Missing Pieces program was created to improve bereavement services for those impacted by the loss of a child. We help families “hold hope” during their grief journey. We offer community support for parents such as Ed and Amy McNicholas who lost their 14-year-old son to a brain tumor. To hear how bereavement support helped the McNicholas family, click here to watch the one-minute video.

"No one can prepare for the loss of a child. So you take the expertise of the people that are brought in to show you." - Ed McNicholas

We need your help so we can support families who have experienced the loss of a child. 

November 15, 2022: Beginning today through December 15th, gifts to The HAP Foundation of $125 or more will receive a generous match of $125 from the Coleman Foundation.

Multiply the impact of your gift and help your neighbors, friends and family facing loss and grief receive the support they need.

“One thing we do know is loss is universal, and we can change how we support families in their grief.”
- Kristin James, Co-Founder of Missing Pieces and Executive Director of Pediatrics, The HAP Foundation

Thank you for your support. 

November 9, 2022: Approximately 57,000 children die each year in the United States.

The death of a child creates a wave of emotional trauma that reverberates through marriages, families, schools, churches, sports teams, and entire communities. Unfortunately, there are numerous barriers that limit access to supportive services for people or organizations in need after a child dies.

The Missing Pieces program was created to improve bereavement services for those impacted by a pediatric death by collaborating with partner organizations to provide comfort and support throughout each individual’s unique grief journey such as Amy McNicholas’ when she lost her 14-year-old son to a brain tumor.

Our goal is to help everyone who has experienced the loss of a child from perinatal through young adult including deaths from medical complications, trauma, suicide, homicide, and overdose through education, program development, research and collaboration to improve bereavement care and raise awareness about the unique needs of grieving families.  

November 1, 2022: Throughout November, The HAP Foundation will be sharing the McNicholas family story and the importance of our Missing Pieces Program. The McNicholas family lost their 14-year-old son John, and this unimaginable loss changed the narrative of their lives as individuals and as family members. Their narrative was rewritten, as is all of those who are impacted by the loss of a child.

Our Missing Pieces program walks with families during their grief journey by connecting them with our network of over 80 organizations to provide support along the way. Help us be there for those that are impacted by the loss of a child and make a greater difference in your community by supporting our Missing Pieces program.

“It just really always stuck with me, that idea of walking with them. How do you maintain hope when your child is dying, when your child dies? Because when I think about the people that held hope for us, when we just couldn’t, and held it until we could, that was a big piece.” - Amy McNicholas

We are humbled and honored to share the McNicholas family story.
Grandparents Relaxing On Sofa At Home With Granddaughters

The HAP Promise

Our promise to you: deliver best in class patient-centered hospice and palliative care education and research. We truly believe in the transformative power of education. All those with serious illness deserve to live their best life to the fullest on their terms. We are here to make sure all have access to resources and we are committed to breaking down barriers in end-of-life care.


Our Mission

To advance access to serious illness care through education, research, advocacy, and workforce development, while honoring our legacy organizations.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We embrace diversity and are committed to proactively promote health equity and social determinants of health in post-acute care.