Understanding the Journey

Grief Support

Christopher J. Morrissey Foundation

Grief Support & Services

  • To help heal and strengthen our community by providing support and services to those affected by the loss of a child;

  • To assist those so that they may deal with grief one hour or one day at a time. This will be done through support, counseling services and financial assistance to families in need.

  • To assist those by partnering with other organizations to participate in programs, activities, and training sessions to promote early drug and alcohol awareness to local youth groups.

  • To assist underprivileged youth by partnering with other organizations so that they may attend activities otherwise not affordable or opportune.


Helping Others Recover

  • To provide a legacy of learning to future students and athletes;

  • To assist and encourage those students to become leaders and productive members of society who possess independence, morality and compassionate citizenship

  • To encourage those future leaders to emulate love, kindness, humility, strength and knowledge.

  • This will be done through support and financial awards.

We do the work of the Foundation to carry Christopher’s spirit, legacy, and name forward. All this is done with his wisdom & inspiration in mind and peace in our hearts.

Additional Grief Support Resources

Find Healing Through Compassion

Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship, understanding and hope to families who are grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause (no religious affiliation, no membership fees or dues, and all bereaved family members are welcome).

Compassionate Friends
Meetings are held at 7pm on the 1st Tuesday of each month at St. Luke’s Church, 1674 Old Freehold Road, Toms River

Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP)

GRASP was founded to help provide sources to help, compassion, and most of all, understanding for families or individuals who have had a loved one die as a result of substance abuse or addiction. GRASP is a subsidiary of Broken No More, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Organization.

Gary and Denise Cullen lost their only child, Jeff, to an overdose after many years of struggling with addiction, and through these experiences, have a deep desire to ease the pain in any way for those left to cope with similar tragic deaths due to the illness of substance use disorder/addiction or misuse of substances. In the same way that Pat and Russ Wittberger, the founders of GRASP, began this effort after their daughter Jenny’s death from a heroin overdose, Gary and Denise intend to continue to work on behalf of Jenny and Jeff, and so many, many others.

Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP)
Monmouth County GRASP Chapter
Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Center
Conference Room B
Centra State Medical Center
901 Main Street
Freehold, NJ
Abby Boxman
[email protected]
Josie Dafeldecker
[email protected]

Let Us Help

If you or a loved one is in need of assistance, contact us today to learn more about how we can help you find personalized solutions to substance abuse and mental health-related issues.

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