Joel's Place provides non-denominational grief support group services free of charge to grieving children and their families and caregivers in northeast Ohio. Grief support group participants share their experience and learn from the experiences of others. Sessions take place twice monthly on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:15 pm at Bay Presbyterian Church in Bay Village for children 5-18 and their families.
Age-appropriate discussions, craft projects, games, and books are selected to facilitate the expression of feelings.
We also offer a support group for adults who bring children to Joel's Place. The adult sessions are held at the same time as the children's sessions.
While your children are participating in our groups, we are committed to providing a safe environment.
Prior to attending their first meeting, we meet with families one-on-one to assess their needs.
All sessions are facilitated by at least two trained adults
Sessions are confidential
References and fingerprinting are required for all facilitators
Joel's Place offers grief support groups. We do not offer therapy or counseling.
How We Do It
We train volunteer facilitators to accompany children and teens on their grief journey. Joel's Place is supported primarily by tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations. We are supported in the community by organizations who donate space for our groups and by volunteers who donate everything from professional skills to snacks and supplies.
West Side support groups always meet at:
Bay Presbyterian Church
25425 Lake Road
Bay Village, OH 44140
440-871-3822 ext. 101
The night begins with a family dinner at 6:30 PM, followed by the group meetings from 7:00 - 8:15 PM.