Group & Individual
Ryan’s Place offers group and individual counseling. Ryan’s Place groups meet every other Monday evening from August-June.
In order to ensure Ryan’s Place is accessible to all grieving children, there is no fee for our services.
Grief Support Groups
Ryan’s Place recognizes that children’s grief is unique, and that if left unaddressed grief can have a negative impact on children’s health and well-being.
Ryan’s Place provides bimonthly peer support groups for children ages 3–18 who have experienced the death of a loved one. These groups are divided by developmental ages into 3–5-year-olds, 6–9-year-olds, 10–13-year-olds and teens.
Children’s Groups Activities such as talking time, unstructured play time, art, music, physical activity and quiet times are all part of the healing process.
Teens’ Groups The opening of all sessions include an opportunity for sharing and then the group decides on the other activities for the evening.
Young Adult Group Sessions are also held for young adults, those who’ve graduated from high school to mid 20’s.
Adult Group We have groups for: Adults who’ve had a child die; Adults who’ve experienced death of spouse/partner; Adults who’ve experienced a miscarriage, still birth or death of an infant; and Adults who’ve experienced a death of a relative or close friend.
Families meet at 6:30 pm for dinner, and then groups meet from 7-8:15 pm. Our programs are located at the Goshen Church of the Brethren, 203 N. 5th Street, Goshen, IN.
Contact us at (574) 535.1000 to schedule an appointment if you are interested in joining one of our support groups.
Ryan’s Place also provides individual grief therapy to children, teens and adults on an as needed basis. If you or someone you know is in need of one-on-one therapy we can provide that service here at our Goshen location. These sessions can be scheduled at any time through out the week depending on the availability of our therapists. We do offer Saturday sessions and evening sessions.
There is no charge for our individual services. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an individual therapist please contact our office. Contact Us >
Suicide Bereavement Group
Surviving family members of death by suicide often suffer not only the trauma of losing a loved one, but may also find themselves at a higher risk of suicide and emotional problems. Ryan’s Place offers an adult peer support group to help these family members and friends to talk about their grief, pain and questions.
The group meets every other week on Mondays from 7-8:30 pm
Ryan’s Place school programs typically consist of 6 to 8 students meeting in groups weekly over the course of ten weeks. Ryan’s Place utilizes a number of therapeutic activities to help with the grieving process. These include sharing grief stories, art projects, playing music, and journaling. Ryan’s Place school based grief support program are currently provided in four different counties.
Each semester programs are being held in the following school corporations:
(Contact our office if your school is interested in a school-based group)
- Baugo Community Schools
- Elkhart Community Schools
- Fairfield Community Schools
- Goshen Community Schools
- Middlebury Community Schools
- Mishawaka Community Schools
- South Bend Community Schools
- Tippecanoe Valley Schools
- Warsaw Community Schools
- Wawasee Community Schools
- Juvenile Detention Center, Elkhart County
This summer Ryan’s Place is hosting a one day grief camp, Camp Hope, for children who have experience the death of a parent, a sibling, or a primary caregiver. Camp Hope is a packed with fun and therapeutic activities that allow them to get to know other kids who have also had a loved one die. At Camp Hope they’ll experience the joy of laughter with friends who understand them, and the comfort of knowing they are not alone.
Camp Hope is for children ages 7-14 or those going into 2nd through 8th grade. Saturday July 15, 2017 from 8:30am – 1:30pm. Lunch is provided. Space is limited to 24 campers and registrations are accepted on a first come first serve basis. Camp Hope is offered at no cost. Call (574) 535-1000 or email Laurenne at [email protected] for more information. To download the registration forms please click the link below.
“In Your Own Words” Journaling Group
Ryan’s Place is very excited to once again offer the “In Your Own Words” writing program. The program will meet every Monday evening for six weeks over the summer from 6:00-7:30. The first session will be held on Monday, July 10th.
This group will provide the opportunity for people to process their feelings of grief through journaling. Different prompts will be given and after some writing and reflection time people will be given the opportunity to share if they would like to. No writing experience is necessary as the focus of this group is on the process and not the content of what people write. Space is limited to 10 members so if you are interested please call our office at 574-535-1000 or email [email protected] You can also click the link below and download the registration forms and mail them into our office.
In the immediate aftermath of a sudden death, either in the home, school or business, Ryan’s Place is available to come to your location to meet with those who have been affected by the death.
In the recent past we have worked with schools after the death of a student or staff/faculty member. Ryan’s Place has gone into local businesses after the death of a work colleague. We are able to bring in a team of people who are trained to help those affected by the death by allowing them to talk and process their thoughts and feelings.
If you or someone you know would need to avail of this unique service please call 574.535.1000.
Sometimes you know it’s coming. That doesn’t make it any easier. That’s where our Anticipatory Therapy helps. Ryan’s Place Anticipatory Grief program is designed to help children, teens and their families cope with the expected death of a loved one. These services are provided at no cost to the family and groups can be scheduled around the family’s needs.