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

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


Teenagers 13-18 years

Teenagers can form new friendships with other teens who understand what they are going through by doing a combination of group activities and talking.



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, 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. Once our Executive Director speak with the parent/guardian, a packet of information will be sent along with an application form form. Once the application form 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.


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 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.

Mary's Place

6 Poquonock Ave, Windsor, CT 06095, USA

(860) 688-9621

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization