Mission Statement

Broreavement provides a safe space for men and boys of color to navigate the emotional and psychological impact of losing a loved one. We create a community to help men and boys heal.


Daniel Ratchford – Founder Of Broreavement

In 2009, my world shattered when I lost my wife to an unknown blood disease that she battled for 9 years. As a young widower at the age of 29, I was left with the immense responsibility of raising our two young children on my own. I embarked on a search for help and support, only to realize that the grief experiences of men and boys of color were often overlooked or misunderstood.


Driven by my own struggle and fueled by a desire to make a difference, I founded Broreavement. Through this organization, I aim to create a safe and inclusive community that acknowledges the unique challenges faced by men and boys of color in their grief journeys. I understand firsthand the feelings of isolation, confusion, and the desperate need for support during these difficult times.


By sharing our stories, experiences, and wisdom, we can provide the guidance and mentorship necessary to heal and thrive. Together, we can break the silence and foster resilience within ourselves and our communities.


Quaheem Brooks

Quaheem Brooks is an accomplished property manager with over 20 years of experience in the field and a proven track record of success in property management/accounting. Originally from the Bronx, New York, Quaheem serves as Broreavement’s treasurer. “Broreavement organization allows me to help men and young boys process their feelings and emotions following the loss of a loved one. I lost my son Dijon Brooks in March of 2021, and I personally experienced a whirlwind of emotions.”

Evelisse Luciano

Evelisse Luciano is an experienced communications and marketing specialist with years of experience in the non-profit sector having served as a communications officer for public hospitals, public universities and non profit organizations in the New York City area. A member of the Latine community, she believes strongly in the mission of Broreavement, supporting men and boys of color through their grief and fostering healing through community and is proud to serve as a board member.

Mark J. Alonzo is a licensed social worker currently servicing homeless families in NYC.  Before this, he provided mental health services for LGBTQIA+ at-risk youth at the Ali Forney Center and has experience working with veterans returning to civilian life as college students.  Mark has led psychoeducational agency wide presentations for staff and client groups. In addition to a growing interest in grief counseling, he has experience with trauma informed care and motivational interviewing.