Mission and History


The mission of Ryan’s Place is to provide support in a safe environment where grieving children, teens and their families can share their experience as they move through the healing process. Ryan’s Place is dedicated to all children who grieve.


We believe that no child or family should grieve the death of a loved one alone.


What is it like for children and teens when someone close to them dies? Where do they go for help? Adults are often so overwhelmed with the death they are unable to provide enough of the assistance children need. The concept of an area grief center was an unmet need identified by therapists Don and Eunice Munn of Middlebury, Indiana as they attempted to counsel grieving families. The movement for a children’s grief center in the community started in April, 1999. Now, Ryan’s Place provides children, teens and their families with a safe, supportive environment where they can share their experiences of death. Children and their parents meet in separate groups where they can gather alongside adult volunteers who choose to be companions on this journey. Since opening in January 2002, Ryan’s Place has served more than 7,000 individuals. Ryan’s Place now serves over 500 individuals each year.

In order to ensure Ryan’s Place is accessible to all grieving children, there is no fee for our services.