Group & Individual
Ryan’s Place offers group and individual counseling. Ryan’s Place groups meet every other Monday evening from August-June. Our grief support groups meet at Community Church of Waterford (65154 CR 21, Goshen, IN)
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.
Invisibles Group: On Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:15 we run our Invisibles Group, which is a group for parents who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. If you are interested in registering for this group please call our office. This is a group for adults only. This Group meets at our Goshen Office located at 118 South Main Street.
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 the death of spouse/partner; Adults who’ve experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth 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 Community Church of Waterford (65154 CR 21 in Goshen).
Contact us at (574) 535.1000 to schedule an appointment if you are interested in joining one of our support groups.
Group in Spanish: We now have a Spanish speaking group that meets at the same time as our English grief support groups. If you are interested in registering for our Spanish Speaking group please call our office at 535-1000.
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 hosted 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 was packed with fun and therapeutic activities that allowed them to get to know other kids who have also had a loved one die. At Camp Hope they experienced the joy of laughter with friends who understand them, and the comfort of knowing they are not alone. Check out some of the fun we had at Camp Hope in the pictures below. A huge thanks to Elkhart FOP Lodge #52 for sponsoring this years camp and to Lippert Component’s Inc. for providing supplies for camp. We can’t wait for Camp Hope 2019!
“In Your Own Words” Journaling Group
Ryan’s Place provides a writing group called “In Your Own Words” which allows one to process their grief through journaling. The group meets one evening a week for six weeks in the summer from 6:00-7:30 pm.
This group provides the opportunity for people to process their feelings of grief through journaling, different prompts are given and after some writing and reflection time, people are given the opportunity to share. No writing experience is necessary as the focus of the group is on the process and not the content. Space is limited to 10 members, if you are interested or for more information 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 to 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.
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