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“Grief is meant to be expressed and shared. For far too long, we have adhered to the conditioning that grieving is only for the lonely.  Yet nothing could be further from the truth.”  

Kate's journey is a transformative one, starting from her personal struggle with grief in adolescence to spearheading a national movement building community for children and families dealing with profound loss. As the Founder of Kate's Club, she has spent over two decades challenging the societal taboos around grief to ensure a healthier path for future generations. Her expertise lies in demonstrating grief's universality and its potential to drive personal growth and communal healing on a global scale.

In a time characterized by significant loss, from the COVID pandemic to massive layoffs to climate change, Kate's poignant narrative sheds light on grief's power to connect us, underscoring how our darkest moments often reveal our biggest strengths and deepest connections.

It’s Time We Reframe Grief for Children | Kate Atwood | TEDxBigSky

It’s Time We Reframe Grief for Children | Kate Atwood | TEDxBigSky

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About Kate

Kate Atwood is the visionary Founder of Kate's Club, a community for children, families, and young adults navigating life after the death of someone close to them.


At the age of 22, Kate founded Kate's Club with a vision to create a safe space where grieving children could come together to connect and grow through the grief experience. Kate's personal experience of losing her mother at the age of 12 led her to recognize first-hand the essential support and sense of belonging that is crucial for young people facing grief, an element missing from her own adolescent journey. 


Today, as its Founder and Advisory Board Chair, Kate remains unwaveringly committed to the mission of Kate's Club. She is a passionate advocate and a frequent speaker on childhood bereavement. Her impactful TEDx talk, "It's time we reframe grief for children," has garnered widespread attention and appreciation.


Her story and expertise have been shared on major media outlets, including CNN, Headline News, NBC's The Today Show, and ABC's The View. Kate's commitment to supporting grieving children and her tireless efforts to elevate the conversation around childhood grief has been featured in 6 books by various esteemed authors and recognized in prestigious publications such as People Magazine, Huffington Post, and Good Magazine's global "Good 100" list.  




Media & Awards

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2018 Children's Rights Inspiration Award
2017 DVF Woman of the Year Finalist
Georgia Trend Magazine ' Top 40 u 40'
Atlanta Business Chronicle 'Top 40 under 40'  
AFP's 2018 Philanthropic Leader of Tomorrow
Good Magazine's 'Good 100 List' 
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