Grief Support Group Facilitators & Volunteering Opportunities

Our programs depend on volunteers in order to be successful. Would you like to use your skills and life experiences to bring hope and help to others? We have numerous ways people can participate in our mission. We are always in need of volunteer help for the following:

  • Facilitators to conduct support groups
  • Butterfly Release team members
  • Volunteers to coordinate pre-meeting dinners for our families
  • Committee Members for various committees (Program, Marketing, Fund
  • Development, Governance)
  • Fundraising event assistance

Our 20-hour facilitator training takes place every year. A comprehensive manual is provided. The training includes:​​

  • Reviewing developmental stages of childhood
  • Exploring how developmental stages relate to the grieving process
  • Examining what support groups look like
  • Sharing activities to facilitate the expression of feelings
  • Sharing personal loss experiences

No prior training or experience is required. All that is needed is the ability to listen and a compassionate heart. Please note all sessions are facilitated by two trained adults. Sessions are confidential. References and fingerprinting are required for all facilitators

Do you want to get involved?
Contact us online, email or
call 440-248-4412.

Meet Our Current Volunteer Grief
Support Group Facilitators:

Continuing Education:

Joel’s Place for Children is a proud member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC). The NAGC provides a number of helpful resources for grieving families and those who support them. We send representatives to the NAGC Annual Symposium where hundreds of bereavement professionals gather for educational sessions, program activity halls, networking opportunities, and tours of grief facilities across the country. We continuously commit to learning new, better ways to serve more grieving families in our Greater Cleveland community.

November Is National Children's Grief Awareness Month