Pennington Mom and Daughter to Run the Good Grief 5K on June 4th

Malena Attar Press

Princeton, NJ When Rebecca Jacobsen’s husband, Jake, died suddenly in August 2015, her first priority was to ensure that her daughter Melody, age 5, was cared for.  Melody’s pediatrician and Rebecca’s therapist both recommended Good Grief to the Pennington, NJ family. They enrolled in Good Grief’s peer support programs in the Princeton center that fall.

“It’s not easy to articulate how much this organization has done for the two of us.  The children’s support group utilizes play therapy and normalizes the language and experience of death.  The parent support group is a haven for me, I get to be with people who have shared my experiences as a parent who has lost a spouse.  Because of Good Grief, we can discuss Jake’s death in healthy ways and Melody knows she’s not the only kid who has lost her dad,” said Jacobsen.

“I believe in Good Grief so fiercely that last year I ran my first ever 5K at the Good Grief 5K Run and Walk for Hope. Much to my surprise, I found healing and therapeutic power in running through and towards my own recovery. I ran in memory of Jake and to thank Good Grief for all they’ve done for us as a family. ”

Rebecca and Melody will run the Good Grief 5K Run and Walk for Hope again this year on Sunday, June 4th along with over a thousand other community and corporate supporters. Funds raised from the event will be used to provide unlimited and free support to children, teens, young adults, and families after the death of a mother, father, sister, or brother through our peer support programs, education, and advocacy.

Register now for the 2017 Good Grief 5K Run and Walk for Hope at Giralda Farms in Madison, NJ on Sunday, June 4th. For more information on the event, to volunteer, to register, or to become a sponsor, visit

Rebecca, Melody, and Jake Jacobsen from Pennington, NJ. Rebecca and Melody are participants of Good Grief.


Good Grief is respected as a national leader in delivering grief services to children and their families. It is the leading provider of these services in New Jersey, serving over 1,000 children since its founding in 2004. Good Grief is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide unlimited free support to children, teens and families after the death of a parent or sibling. Servicing more than 150 communities, Good Grief operates programs in Morristown and Princeton. For more information

For more information, contact:

Joseph Primo, CEO, 908-522-1999 x 8011

Courtney Hodock, Director of Development, 609-498-6674 x 8010