Group & Individual: In-Person & Virtual
Our first in-person Program Night will be August 30, 2021. We will continue to offer one adult group over zoom, as well as a COVID-19 bereavement group that others around the country will be welcomed to join. This Virtual Night will take place on the Monday evenings opposite of in-person program nights. You are welcome to participate in BOTH programs if you feel you would benefit from weekly support 😊
Monday in-person program nights will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m with dinner served to families at 6:30 p.m. Location:
Silverwood Mennonite Church
1745 W Lincoln Ave, Goshen, IN 46526
We will resume the following safety precautions as your safety, and the safety of our facilitators is of the upmost importance.
- Everyone will be required to wear a face mask when entering or leaving the building, face masks will be supplied if needed.
- When you arrive, your temperature will be taken and we ask that you use the hand sanitizer provided
- After signing in, everyone will go straight to their group location.
- Masks or face shields will be required throughout group. Face shields will be supplied if requested.
- Spacing precautions will be taken during group and each child will have their own marked Ziplock bag with supplies that they will use each Program Night
- We will be serving dinner at 6:30pm
We are so excited to see you soon, whether it is in person or over zoom! Call if you have questions.
Lindsy Diener-Locke, MSW, LSW
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: 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.
Young Adult Group Sessions are also held for young adults, those who’ve graduated from high school to mid 20’s.
- 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
- Adults who’ve experienced a death of a relative or close friend
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 via Zoom. 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.
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.
*We have resumed school groups in-person at the discretion of the schools requesting services.
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
Camp Hope – Goshen
Ryan’s Place will have our 5th annual Camp Hope June 26, 2021. This is a one day grief camp for children ages 7-13 who have experienced the death of a love on at any point in their life. The children will participate in fun and therapeutic games and activities to help them process their feelings and make connections with other kids who can relate to their grief experience. Lunch and snacks are provided for all campers. This program is TOTALLY FREE however we only have 8 spots so don’t wait to long to sign up. To register for Camp Hope or to find out more information please contact our office at 574-535-1000
Camp Hope – Warsaw
We are excited to announce that Ryan’s Place, a center for grieving children, is able to offer a full week day camp for grieving children in Kosciusko County at no cost. This camp will be open to children who have completed grades 1st-7th and have experienced the death of a loved one. The death does not necessarily have to be recent in order for a child to benefit from the camp.
The camp will take place between Monday, July 19th – Friday, July 23rd from 9:00am -2:00pm at Warsaw Community Church. Lunch will be provided to all who attend. We are currently working on getting transportation arranged for campers. While the children are at camp, they will have the chance to work with other children to share experiences and feelings, and begin the journey of grieving the death of a loved one. The camp will be activity based and will help facilitate discussion between children about many of the complicated issues that arise after the death of a loved one. Each day will have a different focus and theme.
If you have any questions about camp or about the registration process, please call our office 574-535-1000 or email Cara at [email protected]
There is no cost for children to take part in Camp Hope. The grief camp was made possible by a generous grant from the United Way of Whitley & Kosciusko Counties.
For additional information please contact our office at 574-535-1000.
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 or 574.202.1688
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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