“A child old enough to love is old enough to grieve.”
Dr. Alan Wolfelt
Grief Support Groups for children, teens and young widowers and widows
Mary’s Place offers a unique home-like setting in which ongoing peer support groups for children ages 3-12, teens and young widow and widowers are held
There is no cost to families participating in our services. Families are welcome to make donations, but no family is ever charged a fee or turned away because they can not contribute.
All of our groups are ongoing and meet twice a month. The groups are available to children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, primary caregiver, sibling, or in the case of the teen group, a best friend.
Children & Teens
Our groups provide children and teens the opportunity to be with others who have experienced a similar loss. The groups are divided by age:
Mary’s Place thereby provides a safe, nurturing environment which is appropriate to each participant’s developmental stage. Through the use of such tools as art, music, puppets, story telling, volcano room activities and sharing stories and memories, a lively and fun atmosphere is created where children can not only express their feelings, but can learn coping skills.
Young Widow and Widowers
A Young Widow and Widowers group is also held twice a month. There is a unique bond in this group, all of whom understand what it is like to have a young spouse die.
How to Join a Group
To begin the process of joining a group, please contact us at 860-688-9621. A packet of information will be sent to you along with an application form. Once the application form is returned to us, an interview will be scheduled with our program director at our center.
At Mary’s Place we recognize that: