Movement Aids Parents Who Have Lost a Child

SAN SEVERO, Italy, APRIL 6, 2004 ( The Diocese of San Severo has established a movement called Children in Heaven, for parents who have lost a child.

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The Children in Heaven Association arose to help parents in mourning to share their sorrow in a Christian way with others in a similar situation, a task the group carries out through the «ministry of consolation.»

According to its founder, psychotherapist Adriana Bassanetti, the association’s success lies in «having made the Church, not the movement, the point of reference.» The association aims to be «a guide to a more conscious and mature faith, and to a new, personal, and profound union with Christ.»

The community started in 1995 as the Camilla Bassanetti Foundation. Since June 2000, it is known as the Children in Heaven Association.

In 1998, at the request of several bishops, the association placed itself at the pastoral service of the family in several dioceses, in Italy and abroad. Children in Heaven is now active in 70 dioceses.


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