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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Unknown

Mission: To provide a safe sharing shelter for grieving moms.

Results: We continue to reach out to the grieving community with added programing. We have increased our outreach.

Target demographics: grieving mothers and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: grieving moms in Knoxville and surrounding areas .

Geographic areas served: Knoxville and surrounding areas

Programs: monthly gatherings and memorial events. We are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit with a focus on compassion, hope, empathy, respect, encouragement and open communication.

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45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Jane104

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was raised to keep my thoughts and feelings to myself, especially painful ones. " Time will heal my wounds." So when I reached out to Listening Hearts, it was me that had to learn the process of grieving, and open up to the unspeakable pain. There were so many at different stages. I thought what madness for all of us to endure. But there was so much patience and compassion in the meetings that I felt safe to be there and experience the support they offered. I had always been some type of caregiver myself and they gave me what I could not give myself, unconditional love for where I was with no judgement. I was judging myself plenty, but they showed me that my crazy thoughts and feelings were normal. It definitely takes someone that has walked this walk to understand the complexity of what goes on in our bodies, minds, and spirit. While a counselor is good to seek out, a group like this is a blessing many times over. I think they helped me from having a nervous breakdown.

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listeningheartsmoms Jane, We are so sorry that any mom must travel this journey. We wish there was no need for a group such as this, but we are glad you found us. Your willingness to share is a blessing to others. Thank you. Hugs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known the founder of this group Debra, since it began, via website connections as I live outside the USA. We both lost our sons in similar circumstances.
I have watched it grow over the past 9 years or so, and while I am unable to be physically involved I find great comfort in seeing the amazing work they do among bereaved mothers and families. I love to see stories and pictures of their gatherings on their Facebook site. I also love the stories written by mothers giving inspiration to the newly bereaved who have embarked on this awful journey that none of us ever thought we would be on.
No-one wants to join this group but sadly there is always a need. Keep up the great work.

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listeningheartsmoms 07/31/2017

Thank you for the warm share of words and beautiful photo. It is hard to imagine walking this path without loving and caring mothers like yourself. Hugs!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter, Heather Turner Lane, was 30-years-old when she was killed in a car wreck on John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN on July 14, 2004. We think Heather had a low blood sugar from being a diabetic which caused her to become disoriented.

June 28, 2004 the picture below was taken on the day we had a Turner family reunion. Two weeks later, Heather died.

July 4, 2004 was the last holiday we celebrated at Heather and Greg's house with Heather's Dad, Heather's brother (Eric), Heather's husband (Greg), Heather's daughter (Cynthia), Heather's sister-in-law (Hannah), Heather's niece (Elys) and me. We had such a good day just eating, swimming and being together. Heather was experiencing kidney failure due to her diabetes. I can still picture Heather's brother, Eric, tenderly putting Heather's feet up on a foot stool to help with the swelling. (Heather was in the process to have a kidney then pancreas transplant. Eric wanted to be tested first to see if he was a match.)

Heather had a daughter, Cynthia Lynn Lane. Cynthia's 1st birthday was July 31, 2004. Heather had taken Cynthia on July 5, 2004 for her 1-year-old birthday picture (below). Heather had the birthday invitations filled out and addressed. Heather told me what kind of cake she wanted~~~a cake that looked like the invitations. Heather told me what she wanted to have at the party~~~a cookout with hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. We had Cynthia's 1st birthday party just like her Mommy would have done it! Heather was an amazing Mommy and loved Cynthia with her whole being! Cynthia is a carbon copy of her Mom and we are so proud of the young woman she is. Cynthia will be 14-years-old this Monday.

Listening Hearts has helped in so many ways to make this journey bearable. The pain will never stop because the love will never stop. And that's OK, because I don't want the love to go away. There is something therapeutic about being with other Moms who have lost a child. It doesn't matter if it's because of a car accident, illness, suicide or murder; we all have the same feelings. Listening Hearts gives lots of encouragement and lots of hugs. And it's OK if you cry.

Last but not least, God has helped me survive and thrive! Some days I can only survive and other days I thrive. But no matter what God is always there!

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listeningheartsmoms 07/29/2017

Thank you for sharing your touching story of the love your carry for your beautiful daughter, Heather. We appreciate how out of that love you pay it forward to other grieving mothers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the sweet women I have met through Listening Hearts. By a miracle, their invitation to come to a meeting arrived at a moment when I was so crazy with grief that I would have tried anything. What a gift it has been to me in such a dark time! Every mom is free to be...happy, sad, crying, mad...just herself. And the women of Listening Hearts have helped teach me so much about what my new self will be--one that learns to carry great sadness and great love in the same heart

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listeningheartsmoms 07/27/2017

We are sorry that any mom must walk this journey, but glad you found us. We are honored to have you share your precious child with us. Your kind words bless our hearts.

Lsk9275906

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a fantastic group. I feel comfort and strength from each Mom that attends our meetings. Loosing a child is something that can not be explained in words, but our actions of love for one another gives great support.

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listeningheartsmoms 07/26/2017

We appreciate moms like you who reach back to another mom just beginning her journey. We could not do this without volunteers like you.

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Rating: 5

Couldn't make it through my grief without this group. So thankful for all the ladies.

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listeningheartsmoms 06/26/2016

We all need one another. Thank you for helping another mom.

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Janice48

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group has been a blessing to me . I remember and sometimes reflect on how it came about me being in the group!. I love ❤️ the group

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listeningheartsmoms 07/23/2017

Thank you, Janice. You are a blessing to other moms. Byron will not be forgotten.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, My name is Janice Clay I lost my son in 2006 from a car accident. I remember when I first found out about the group I was at my son grave site and someone let an invite to a Mothers Luncheon and I'm thinking who left this should I not. Well I went and it was good for me. I really enjoy meeting with the ladies it has been really good for me. But 'm sorry we had to meet under these condition !! Listening Hearts

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Listening Hearts is a place for bereaved moms to find hope, understanding, comfort and love. It's a safe place for the wounded and broken hearted. I can share a particular subject regarding my child or dealing with family issues and it seems I always find a mom who has dealt with the same subject, willing to share her wisdom.We heal together and share our children in a beautiful, inspiring, way.

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listeningheartsmoms 07/22/2017

Thank you for your heart warming words of support.

Jennifer480

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great group of great women. Really helps each other out and gives you people to talk to about what you're going through that knows what you're going through. Just a great group!

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listeningheartsmoms 07/04/2017

Jennifer, We are sorry any mother needs a group such as this, but we are blessed to have one another. Thank you for all that you do for others. Hugs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Listening hearts is a wonderful group. It has some of the most caring , sweet, and amazing women I've ever met. No one should have to belong to a group like this, but the group is such a blessing. If this group didn't exist a lot of women would be lost without it. They understand what each other is going through and you don't feel so crazy when you hear that someone else feels the same way you do.

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listeningheartsmoms 10/07/2015

Jennifer, I like to think of our children coming together as we do. I imagine our children cherish one another in the same way we do.

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1 Jane104

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a client and volunteer for Listening Hearts for 8 years. I learned early on from the group, the chaos that my mind was experiencing, was normal. I felt so crazy. Now I am honored to help and provide hope to other mother's that have lost their children. The experience has helped me to grow as a person. I really don't know how I would have held it together without this group. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there for me.

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listeningheartsmoms 07/04/2017

We all need one another in this horrible journey we travel. Thank you for all that you have done in the past and continue to do for other moms on this journey. Hugs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was raised to keep my thoughts and feelings to myself, especially painful ones. " Time will heal my wounds." So when I reached out to Listening Hearts, it was me that had to learn the process of grieving, and open up to the unspeakable pain. There were so many at different stages. I thought what madness for all of us to endure. But there was so much patience and compassion in the meetings that I felt safe to be there and experience the support they offered. I had always been some type of caregiver myself and they gave me what I could not give myself, unconditional love for where I was with no judgement. I was judging myself plenty, but they showed me that my crazy thoughts and feelings were normal. It definitely takes someone that has walked this walk to understand the complexity of what goes on in our bodies, minds, and spirit. While a counselor is good to seek out, a group like this is a blessing many times over. I think they helped me from having a nervous breakdown.

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listeningheartsmoms 02/28/2017

Jane, We are so sorry that any mom must travel this journey. We wish there was no need for a group such as this, but we are glad you found us. Your willingness to share is a blessing to others. Thank you. Hugs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 13 year old son Tanner Jameson passe away from cardiac arrest in Maryville tn my life changed forever.. I became part of this group in which I could express how I felt in the grief journey and no one judged or critized me. Everyone just listened and you knew they cared because the one thing we all do have in common is that we all where grieving the loss of our child . It didn't matter how or age of there passing cause the pain of losing a child is the same .. we all grieve and handle the pain different ways for me I passed three state laws that are named after my child . I could speak freely with out people wanting to know more or say they knew me and my story all I got was loving response and and being able to say how the pain of loosing my child feels like yesterday . Thus group no matter what always recognized his anniversary and his birthday. I knew I could go to the site and some one was always there in seconds when you needed to talk ... This group is a safe haven for us moms and for most the only people who understand where we are and where we are going in the grieving process. .

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listeningheartsmoms 07/04/2017

We are sorry that we never got the opportunity to know your precious son, Tanner. We are honored that you share his memory with us. Thank you for the work you do to help others. Hugs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is hard to rate comfort, in the face of so much pain, but I give Listening Hearts 5 Stars just for that. I belong to a local grief support group but Shave a hard time expressing myself to them sometimes, or to anyone at times, and Listening Hearts has given me a safe place to be honest and emotional without fear of embarrassment or hurting anyone's feelings. I am so glad someone added me to, or suggested this group. The name really says it all.

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listeningheartsmoms 07/04/2017

We want to thank you for taking the time to provide this touching review. Thank you for reaching out to help yourself and others. Hugs

majikwon

Client Served

Rating: 5

Another year has passed. Sometimes I feel like times go by so fast, then other times when I feel the loss of my daughter it is slow. It doesn't feel like my daughter would have been 26 years old her upcoming birthday. Time is slow when it comes to trying to mend my heart. I have meet so many grieving Moms. How I wish we did not have to meet at all. That life would not take our children before us. Life is definitely not fair to us. The moms I talk to have the same hole in their heart as I do mine. We have something in common that is unimaginable to others. Listening hearts is the perfect name for this organization as these Mom's open their hearts to the newer Mom's and make them feel like they are not along. Which is what they have done for me. I'm forever grateful.

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listeningheartsmoms 04/17/2017

Thank you for your kind words of support. We wish no mother had to walk this journey, but we feel blessed to have one another for support. Much love to you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recieved an email from the nonprofit link so it is time for me to write my review this year.
As I'm going into my 3rd year of the death of my daughter, Lisa, I have adjusted quite a bit. I remember going to my very first Greiving Mothers Meeting, I was so nervous. I didn't want to talk. I did end up saying a few words about Lisa but not to many. I was thankful there were only about 5 moms there because by nature I'm shy till I get to know you. I have met so many wonderful people. They would do almost anything for me as long as they could, and I for them. There is a special bond we have created between us, but I wish it was for another reason

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listeningheartsmoms 06/22/2016

We are so sorry any mom needs a group such as ours, but we feel blessed to find each other. Lisa will never be forgotten.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful support group. The women who join are in the darkest days any human must suffer. When I joined nearly 2 years ago, I did not know how I was going to survive the loss of my daughter. The kind and loving support of Debra and the other members has helped me understand that this too shall pass. Even though I have yet to feel the flesh of their loving arms around me, I feel their love hug my heart. For those of us who are shut in and unable to travel, this group is a life preserver, literally.

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listeningheartsmoms 06/27/2016

Suzi Lynne, Thank you for such a warm and supportive message. Your precious daughter, Lynn, will not be forgotten. We hope to give you that "in person" hug soon.

Judy163

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Listening hearts is just what this means! We all have stories!! We all have grief!! So thankful for this group that we can share our stories in memory of our loved ones!!

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listeningheartsmoms 06/26/2016

Judy, Thank you for sharing your story with us. We are honored when a bereaved mom shares her precious child with us.

Janice52

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I lost my son in 2011 Listening Hearts was there for me. These moms showed such compassion for me. They understood the grief journey I was on because they also traveled that road. Our hearts are connected by the loss of our precious children.

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listeningheartsmoms 06/26/2016

Janice, Our hearts break for each loss. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey and for giving back to others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Listening hearts is a great group that has came together under the most devastating circumstance, the loss of a child. The moms understand what each other are going through and offer great support you can only get from someone who has also experienced the loss of a child. The monthly meetings, yearly butterfly release and yearly candle light service are a few things they do to help each other through this difficult journey.

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listeningheartsmoms 06/23/2016

Thank you for the warm support. We are sorry you have the need for a group such as this, but we are blessed to have one another.

Carol228

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the best most supportive loving organization. They do everything they can to honor our angels with us , we talk , we cry, we share , we laugh , we hug ! AMD moat important they are patient , and are there for you when you are ready ❤

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listeningheartsmoms 06/23/2016

We all need one another, because no mom should have to walk this journey alone. Thank you.

Becky102

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son died unexpectedly Kong April 18, 2016 of an undiagnosed heart problem. After the funeral was over, the visits stopped, the phone rarely rang, and my husband returned to work I was lost and lonely. I searched for a group and found this one. These women have walked in my shoes and warmly welcomed me in the club no one wants to join. They validate my feelings and experiences during this battle to survive grief. I have not yet attended a meeting but wil at some point. Most importantly, they give hope when those of us who are new to this horrific journey of living without our child. There is never any judgment - only kindness. I am deeply appreciative.

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listeningheartsmoms 06/23/2016

We are so sorry about your precious son. No mother should have a child leave before her. We are here to share ways to carry the love and the loss in the same heart. Sending hugs your way.

1 Linda407

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my son on 12/16/2013 to pancreatic cancer.I was so lost in my world of grief that I didn't know how I was going to make it another day,but when I walked into that group of ladies not knowing anyone and feeling so alone they knew the pain that was in my heart and what I was going through.Each one shared their story with me and it was as if we all had some kind of connection because each one of us had lost our child and we were all missing our child and yet everyone was trying to comfort me it was truly a blessing for me and I thank God I found this group of women.When I lost my son I also lost some of my friends because they didn't understand what I was going thru and they didn't know what to say so people quit coming around because you are not the same person you were before your child . I will never stop grieving for my son,I will always miss him and yes my heart breaks everyday because he is gone,this group helps you by sharing their stories and being there for you when it seems as if you are all alone because only a mother that has lost their child can understand this nightmare we live daily.

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listeningheartsmoms 07/04/2017

We are a group that wish we had no members, but we are honored you have shared your precious son with us. He is loved and missed. Hugs.

ampatencio

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The community support I find through Listening Hearts lets me know that I am not alone. Mothers who walk the same journey as me consistently lift me up through compassionate sharing and open communication about the devastating losses that we each know.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Moms like me who come together to share, lift up, and support do it best because they walk my walk and know my pain. This journey is the most difficult and lonely path a mother must endure, but it is made just a touch easier with the love of my fellow bereaved moms.

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listeningheartsmoms 10/07/2015

Amparo, Thank you for all that you do for the group. Tony will not be forgotten.

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1 Tracy92

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son, Sawyer, was murdered on this day four years ago. Such an anniversary brings back thoughts, emotions, and pain from that horrible event and loss. Every birthday and holiday is endured with grief. Each day is a struggle, but the days mentioned carry heavier grief.
Listening Hearts gives support whenever needed, but they reach out to moms even moreso on birthdays and death dates. Our group Facebook page is kept current with such dates, and because bereaved moms understand they often leave words of encouragement and understanding empathy.Seeing this print in front of me allows me to let go of the fear that everyone has forgotten my child. They ask me to talk about Sawyer, share memories, and even show pictures. They say his name.
The group is a welcoming and loving place where we can acknowledge our children's lives. They are a tremendous blessing in my life.
Sincerely, Tracy Bradshaw

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listeningheartsmoms 07/04/2017

Tracy, Sawyer shines through you! Thank you for sharing.

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