Our Mission Statement:
Joel’s Place for Children provides grief support for school-aged children and their families who have experienced the death of someone special in their lives. Our services are always offered for free to the families we serve.
About Joel's Place for Children:
Joel’s Place is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-denominational, free-of-charge bereavement support group offering support groups for children and their families in who have experienced the death of someone special in their lives. Joel’s Place was founded in 2003 and operates on the belief that it is helpful and healing for grieving children and their families to share their stories, memories, experiences, thoughts, and feelings with other grieving children. Joel’s Place offers an ongoing grief support program in the Greater Cleveland area. These services are provided free of charge.
Our children and family grief support groups meet every other Tuesday at Bay Presbyterian Church from 6:30-8:15pm. Families enjoy a meal together from 6:30-7pm, then the grief support groups take place. There are three groups: younger children, older children and adults. The space at Bay Presbyterian is generously donated; again we are a non-denominational grief support group..
Contact Us to join our grief support groups or ask questions about our services. Learn about our History.
Joel’s Place Operating Philosophies:
Grief is a natural reaction to the death of a loved one.
The duration and intensity of grief are unique for each individual.
In a safe and supportive environment, people have a natural capacity to heal.
Moving through the grief journey is not about letting go; it is about finding ways to incorporate memories of those that have died so that over time the loss is less painful.
Essential to our work is a guiding belief that the support group environment can be a source of empathy, understanding, and encouragement to grieving children and adults during a very difficult time in their lives.