Give Grief A Voice Project

About the Project

Give Grief A Voice Art Project Grieving FamiliesThe Give Grief a Voice project began in 2019 with Amanda Drews, founder of Buzzy’s Bees, whose own story was the first of its kind. The project provides families who have lost a young child an artistic representation of their child’s life. 

The process involves the collaboration of a professional writer and artist. A writer interviews the family in order to ghostwrite the child’s story. Then, a commissioned artist turns the words of the story into a piece of art that the family keeps.

The project’s primary purpose is to help families who have experienced the death of a young child. The secondary goal is to help anyone who reads the stories better support the grieving people in their own lives. Ultimately, the stories will be published alongside the artwork in a book.

Buzzy’s Bees fundraises to cover all costs for writing and art – there is no charge to participating families. Both the writers and artists are paid per story.

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How The Project Began

Amanda Drews with her son HudsonWeeks after my son Hudson died, I sat down with a writer and family friend. I wanted her to help me organize all the thoughts and feelings that were swirling through my brain. The story she edited for me, written in my own words and from my own perspective, was a treasure. Its significance grew as my mourning turned to grief. When I got the idea to start Buzzy’s Bees, I knew the story was a great way to introduce Hudson to everyone who wanted to learn more about him and about me.

Through my work for Buzzy’s Bees, I’ve met other parents who are grieving the death of a child. In speaking with these families, I’ve come to realize how important it is to listen to their story and assure them that their little one will be always be remembered.

Then I got an idea. What if Buzzy’s Bees hired professional writers to record each family’s story, then hired professional artists to turn those words into a piece of art each family got to keep? With that, the Give Grief a Voice Project was born.     – Amanda Drews

Meet the Artists & Writers

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Would You Like to Tell Your Story?

We continue to receive overwhelming feedback that this project is very meaningful as families grieve. We accept applications year round and typically identify and meet with parents from January through May each calendar year .