Grief Can Take a Village – Carson’s Village
Jason Dyke started his grief journey traumatically when his 11-year old son died from suicide. He saw the differences in the impact of grief on his wife and other two sons, but when his “bus family” stepped in to help, their support made a tremendous difference for Jason. Carson’s Village is a legacy to Jason’s son and serves those families devastated by a sudden loss. Jason shares with us today and this is an episode to not miss.
In June 2017, Jason Dyke founded Carson’s Village, a first-of-its-kind nonprofit organization that provides free support and resources to families who have experienced the sudden loss of a loved one. After the loss of his son, Jason realized that there is not an organization in the United States that is dedicated to supporting families from passing to the funeral and then through the first year after a loss to ensure healthy grieving. Carson’s Village was created to fill that gap and to address the stress and challenge of that period of time. As of March 1, 2021, Carson’s Village has helped nearly 800 families and was named the Organization of the Year (small) by DCEO. In addition, Carson’s Village was selected by the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to be in the 2020 cohort of the Social Innovation Accelerator program.
Jason holds both a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. He works as a Business Development Manager on AT&T’s connected car team. In the past, he has owned and operated two restaurants in the Austin area as well as an auto repair shop in north Dallas. Jason serves as a board member on the Coppell Education Foundation. His wife, April, is a diagnostician at Coppell Middle School North and together they have two sons, Alex who is freshman at Texas Tech University and Ryan who is a senior at Coppell high school.