The Stones We Carry

The Stones We Carry

“The best way I can describe grieving over a child as the years go by is to say it’s similar to carrying a rock in your pocket. When you walk, the stone brushes against your skin. You feel it. You always feel it. But depending on the way you stand or the way your body...
Online Resource List

Online Resource List

Grief is hard. Coping with loss is messy and often feels like wandering around in a fog. Finding a beacon is often cherished as we wander and gives us direction out of the fog. As we navigate grief, it can be daunting looking for support and comfort. Below are some...

When I Miss You

‘When I Miss You’, by Cornelia Maude Spelman, is a book that we sometimes read in our bereavement groups at Ryan’s Place. Although this book is not directly about the death of a loved one, it helps children to identify, and learn how to handle the...
The Importance of Memories

The Importance of Memories

This weekend I was fortunate enough to attend my uncle’s funeral with other family members.  I recognize that not everyone at this time in history is able to attend their loved one’s funeral, let alone with other family members present.  During our...
Fatherless Father’s Day

Fatherless Father’s Day

This Sunday, June 21st is Father’s Day, while many families will be celebrating Dad with backyard cookouts, gifts, golf, or fishing trips, others will not be celebrating. In 2019 Ryan’s Place provided grief support to over 800 children, of those 800 plus children, 11%...