Group & Individual – Using Zoom Platform & In-Person
Ryan’s Place is continuing to host virtual support groups for children, teens, and adults through June and July.
We structure our zoom groups the same way we structure our in-person groups. Everyone logs in at the same time and then they get divided up into their specialized group (kids are divided by age and adults are divided by the type of death or the relationship to the person who died). All of our zoom groups are led by our trained facilitators. You can use a phone, tablet or computer to log into the zoom calls. For the kids groups we send home packets with activities in them so that the kids will have what they need when their group is meeting.
The next scheduled group night is September 14th with groups meeting every other Monday at Silverwood Mennonite Church. Please arrive at 6:45 p.m. for temperature checks. 1st-3rd Grade, 4th & 5th Grade, and Middle School, High School and Adult groups meet from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
If you are interested in signing up yourself or your child(ren) to participate in group contact Lindsy at [email protected] or call the Ryan’s Place office at 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.
- 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 do not know what our school groups will look like yet due to COVID-19 – we will update this page as soon as we know!
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
Ryan’s Place will have our 5th annual Camp Hope this Fall due to COVID-19, date TBD. 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 24 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
For additional information please contact our office at 574-535-1000.
Journal Through Grief
Ryan’s Place is pleased to offer two one-day grief journaling workshops
Summer 2020 - Dates TBD
118 s Main St. Goshen, IN 46526
Participants are encouraged using variety of techniques to process their grief through journaling activities. No writing experience is necessary. Opportunity will be given for reflection and sharing, however, this is not required. Anything written as part of this group remains the property of the participant. All materials will be supplied by Ryan’s Place with the assistance of a grant from the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund.
For more information and to register contact:
Contact: Ryan’s Place, 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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