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After Donating To Lane Graves, Consider Donating To These Funds Too

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A Nebraska toddler's trip to Disney World ended tragically last week when an alligator dragged him into a lake and killed him. Lane Graves was wading in about a foot of water by the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at 9:30 p.m. ET when a 4 to 7-foot alligator attacked him. Lane's body was found intact a few hours later about 10 feet from where he was dragged into the lagoon. While the family has since set up a memorial fund in Lane's honor there are an abundance of funds to which you might consider donating after donating to Lane Graves and his family.

In the days since the accident, Disney has admitted it routinely pulls out alligators from the lagoon. Even so, the company did not have any signs warning guests about the animals, though the resort had posted "no swimming" signs. In the wake of the attack, new signs have been placed around the lagoon, warning "DANGER. ALLIGATORS AND SNAKES IN AREA. STAY AWAY FROM THE WATER. DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE."

The company installed temporary barriers along the lagoon and a spokesman said they are looking for more permanent solutions to keep the reptiles out.

"Everyone here at the Walt Disney World Resort is devastated by this tragic accident," the spokesperson said in a statement posted on the Disney Parks site. "Our thoughts are with the family. We are helping the family and doing everything we can to assist law enforcement."

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A boat belonging to the Orange County Sheriff's office searches the Seven Seas lagoon between Disney's Polynesian Village Resort (top) and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa near Orlando, Florida on June 15, 2016. An American family's Disney vacation turned into a nightmare when an alligator snatched their two-year-old boy at the shore of a resort lake and the father was unable to pry the toddler from the animal's jaws, officials said Wednesday. Florida authorities believe there is 'no question' the two-year-old boy dragged into a man-made lake by an alligator at a Disney resort hotel in Florida is dead, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said Wednesday.Rescuers were still working to recover the body, Demings told reporters. / AFP / Gregg NEWTON (Photo credit should read GREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images)

For now, the public and support the Graves family by giving them privacy and giving to their fund if able. And in the meantime, here are three organizations working to make the world better for alligators and for parents who lose their children.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

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MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 29: Jenny Ketterlin Eckles (L) a non-native Wildlife Biologist, and Edward Mercer, non-native Wildlife Technician, both with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hold a North African Python during a press conference in the Florida Everglades about the non-native species on January 29, 2015 in Miami, Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission along with the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (ECISMA), Miami-Dade County, National Park Service, South Florida Water Management District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Geological Survey, University of Florida were surveying an area for the Northern African pythons (also called African rock pythons) and the Burmese Python in western Miami-Dade County. The teams of snake hunters were checking the levees, canals and marsh on foot for the invasive species of reptile. Many of the non-native snakes have been introduced in to the wild when people release pet snakes after they grow to large to keep. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

This government agency is tasked with educating people about how to interact with animals and does research on wildlife. Its alligator harvest program is considered a model for sustainable wildlife management and caps the state's alligator population through trapping and hunting.

Wildlife Management Institute

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ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 15: A search helicopter is seen as it flies near the Walt Disney World's Grand Floridian resort hotel where a 2-year-old boy was taken by an alligator as he waded in the waters of the Seven Seas Lagoon on June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The child was taken last night at about 9 pm and the search and rescue effort has become a recovery effort. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The institute ensures the well being of animals and carefully monitors their numbers. In Florida, it uses a team of mathematicians and biologists to register alligators and to track and project population trends. The Institute also councils government agencies on wildlife issues.

Compassionate Friends

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People wait for a press conference near the scene where a two-year-old boy was attacked by an alligator at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. An American family's Disney vacation turned into a nightmare June 14 when an alligator snatched a two-year-old boy at the shore of a resort lake and fought off the father's frantic attempts to wrest the toddler from its mouth, officials said June 15. Florida authorities believe there is 'no question' the two-year-old boy dragged into a man-made lake by an alligator at a Disney resort hotel is dead, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said Wednesday. Rescuers were still working to recover the body, Demings told reporters. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

There is no pain more intense than grieving the loss of your son or daughter. Compassionate friends provides families with grief support after the death of a child. The organization offers webinars and retreats for parents and siblings in grief. It has over 660 local chapters to support families around the United States.

Lane Grave's tragic death has shed a spotlight on animal control issues and child loss in the United States. Let's keep his memory alive by funding alligator research and supporting parents suffering similar losses.