Welcome to Joel's Place for Children
Grief Support Groups for Children and Families
We provide peer grief support groups for school-aged children
who have experienced the death of someone special in their lives at no cost.
Children can express feelings, share memories, and honor the loved one in a supportive and hope-filled environment.
We also offer a support group for the adults who bring children to Joel's Place.
We have been supporting grieving children and their families in the Greater Cleveland area since 2003.
Our children and adult grief support groups meet every other Tuesday from 6:30-8:15pm at Bay Presbyterian Church in Bay Village. The night begins with a family dinner at 6:30 PM, followed by the group meetings from 7:00 - 8:15 PM.
Joel's Place for Children is currently observing our annual summer break from grief support groups.
This summer we will conduct new family interviews with enhanced safety measures. As always, we are also taking calls and emails should you have any questions. We hope to resume groups in the fall in-person, but will follow the recommendations of local and state health officials. We are open to implementing virtual sessions if needed.
Thank you for your patience, understanding and any feedback. Please reference our Resources page for additional support.
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“Joel’s Place is an amazing place run by amazing people. They've helped me deal with the loss of my friend. I don't know where I'd be without them.” - one of our teens
“Joel’s Place is a safe place for my daughter to share her feelings. It has truly been a joy for my daughter to be in this program, not only for her grieving but also for her confidence.” - one of our parents
“You are the answer to our prayers. You have been a soft place to fall after the tragic loss of my son. Our grandchild is treated with respect, not as if he’s different. Of all the things we’ve tried to get him interested in since the death of his father, none is as important as Joel’s Place. He feels safe and normal; he’s in a place where people understand.” - one of our grandparents