Programs

 In-Person Group Support

             Our first in-person Program Night will be January 10th. We will continue to offer one adult group over Zoom, 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. 

Our support groups meet every other Monday night. Groups are 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

At this time we are practicing the following safety precautions as your safety, and the safety of our facilitators is of the upmost importance.

  • Before attending groups, please contact our office to schedule an intake. This must be completed before joining.
  • Everyone is required to wear a face mask while in the building, except while eating dinner, face masks will be supplied if needed.
  • If you have been exposed to someone with COVID or are experiencing symptoms please contact our office for alternative support.

We are so excited to see you soon! Call if you have questions.

Lindsy Diener-Locke, MSW, LSW

Program Director

Ryan’s Place

574-535-1000

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.

Adult Group 

  • 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.

Individual Counseling

Ryan’s Place also provides individual grief support to children, teens and adults on an as needed basis. If you or someone you know is in need of one-on-one counseling 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 Master’s level interns. 

There is no charge for our individual  services. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an individual counselor 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.

 

Individual Counseling

Ryan’s Place also provides individual grief support to children, teens and adults on an as needed basis. If you or someone you know is in need of one-on-one counseling we can provide that service in person or via Zoom. These sessions can be scheduled at any time through out the week depending on the availability of our Master’s level interns.

There is no charge for our individual  services. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an individual therapist please contact our office.

School 

We have resumed school groups in-person at the discretion of the schools requesting services.

 

Ryan’s Place offers a safe group environment that allows children to join their peers as they walk through their grief journey together, sharing stories and feelings that promote healing and hope. The impact that a death can have on children and adolescents is profound, affecting multiple facets of their life at home and in the classroom. Children often feel that they are alone in their grief, and they may not be able to attend our Monday night program. We want to provide a healthy outlet for children to cope with their emotions.

Ryan’s Place provides a 10-week curriculum tailored specifically for children and teens who have experienced a death, and they are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. They are peer to peer grief support groups led by social workers, professional counselors, interns and trained facilitators. Groups consist of 6-8 children who are no more than three grades apart. We have found that our groups are most effective when the children participating in the groups are within a similar developmental stage. Children who are cognitively and emotionally on par with one another create a more comfortable group environment that promotes cohesion, sharing, and understanding.

These groups are designed to help students process their feelings about the death as well as connect with peers who have been through something similar. Without time to grieve and process these children may have difficulty in school, behavior issues, and depression.
Ryan’s Place utilizes a number of therapeutic activities to help with the grieving process. These include sharing stories, art projects, playing music, and journaling. Ryan’s Place school-based grief support program are program are currently provided in four different counties. These groups are provided at NO cost to the schools! All Supplies and materials will be provided by Ryan’s Place.

 

Each semester programs may be held in the following school corporations throughout the year:

(Contact our office if your school is interested in a school-based group)

Baugo Community Schools
Bashor Children’s Home
Concord Community Schools
Elkhart Community Schools
Fairfield Community Schools
Goshen Community Schools
Juvenile Detention Center, Elkhart County
Middlebury Community Schools
Mishawaka Community Schools
South Bend Community Schools
Union North Unites School Coorporation
Warsaw Community Schools
Wawasee Community Schools

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Camp Hope – Goshen

Sign up for Goshen Camp Hope this summer! 🎉🎉🎉🎉
Join us for a 2 day Grief Support Camp located at Silverwood Mennonite Church (1745 W. Lincoln Ave, Goshen, IN, 46526)
💙Friday, June 24th 9am-2pm & Saturday June 25th 9am-2pm💙
Children in 1st-6th grade are eligible to participate. Our activity based camp will help children work through the feelings and issues that arise after the death of a loved one.
Use the link below to fill out our Google Form Registration or call our office

Sign up today! HERE

 

    For additional information please contact our office at 574-535-1000.

     

     

     

    Additional Groups

    Crisis

    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

     

    Anticipatory

    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.

     

    Young Adult Group

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    We’re ready to help no matter what situation you’re in.

     

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