The “Friends of Merimna” is an association established in 2002 with the goal to financially support Merimna. This association is also one of the founding members of the federation "Together for the Child", a group of ten non-profit organizations whose goal is to support children who are facing difficult situations.
Merimna was founded in 1995 by a group of scientists. Its goals are multifaceted, and include the promotion of specialized training for professionals in the fields of health and education in order to be better trained in treating children facing illness or death, as well as the offering of services to children who mourn the loss of a beloved one, and to the ones who are facing a life-threatening illness. In addition, their activities include the conduct of research in issues related to the impact that serious illness and death have on the lives of children and their family, and they also engage in related publications.