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Little Kids Group: 3-7 years
Middle Kids Group: 8-9 years 
Big Kids Group 10-12 years

Children do group activities such as arts and crafts, music, and games to express themselves and remember their loved one.

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Teenagers 13-18 years

Teenagers form new friendships with other teens who understand what they are going through. Our teen group is heavily discussion based but every group also incorporates  a project/theme to connect our kids and discuss their grief/loss.




A Young Widow and Widowers group is 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.

Members are typically between the ages of  25-45. Being over 45 does not disqualify one from joining. As every persons situation is unique, it is best to give us a call. If our group is not a good fit, we can share about other support services in the area. Please reach out to us.

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.  We do not provide therapy or counseling.  Upon request we can provide information that may be helpful when selecting a therapist.

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 financially.

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.

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.


Registration Required

To begin the process of joining a group, please contact us at 860-688-9621 to speak with our executive director. After the initial call and we determine our program is a good fit for you/your child, a packet of information will be sent to you along with an application for your child. Once the application is returned to us, a welcome meeting will be scheduled with our program director at our center.  This gives us an opportunity to meet you and your children and to explain what a typical session looks like.  It also gives your children an opportunity to become familiar with the Center.


Recognizing that after a death families may experience financial concerns, Mary’s Place does not charge a fee for its services nor do we receive any state or federal funding. All programs are supported solely through donations from individuals, foundations or companies.


Because we believe each person and family grieves differently and the family is the best judge of when they are comfortable to discuss their feelings and loss in a support group, we let you decide when you would like to start attending a group and when you feel you are ready to leave your group.  Length of participation varies greatly from a few sessions to 2 or 3 years or more.

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