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.
YOUNG WIDOW & WIDOWERS
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.
Mary’s Place offers a unique home-like setting in which ongoing peer support groups for children ages 3-12, teens 13-18, 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.
HOW DO I JOIN A GROUP?
To begin the process of joining a group, please contact us at 860-688-9621. Once our executive director speaks with the parent/guardian, a packet of information will be sent along with an application form. When the application is returned to us, a virtual meet and greet will be scheduled with our program director. This gives us an opportunity to meet you and your children and to explain what a typical session looks like. It is also an opportunity to get to know one another, to ask questions and to make sure our program is a good fit. We want to be sure your child is as comfortable as possible before joining our program.
IS THERE A COST?
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.
HOW LONG CAN I ATTEND?
Because we believe each person and family grieves differently and the family is the best judge of when they are ready to deal with the death 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.