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April 13, 2011

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April 13, 2011

In January I decided that It was a good time for me to start volunteering somewhere...but where? I knew that I wanted to work with children...but how? Then it occured to me...Mary's Place!! In the past I had donated my services and attended the Spring Galla but, I knew very little about what Mary's Place was all about. After some intense training and only a few sessions with the "big kids" group I am proud to say that I am now a volunteer facilitator at Mary's Place and am starting to understand how important this kind of support is to the grieving children and their families. It is a "safe" place for kids to express their ideas and feelings about death and grief. It is also a place to share memories and to understand that they are not alone. So Far this experience, for me, has been excactly what I was looking for...so glad I opened that door!!

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I am new with this organization and have not yet experienced results with the kids(it's just too soon for that). But, I have experienced some of my own personal growth(through training) and look forward to spending more time with the kids!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would expand! This is a great and needed place of hope and healing. I have personally experienced the loss of a parent at an early age and truely believe in the philosophy at Mary's Place.

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April 13, 2011

My experience has been so enriching to see how families coming to Mary's Place are handled with sensitivity and compassion. The board regularly hears from parents who share their personal story and subsequent experiences about how Mary's Place helped their children and themselves adjust to the death of a spouse, parent, sibling or grandparent through adult groups as well as children's groups from tots to teens. My observation is not one of overwhelming sadness but love, courage, laughter, sharing and individual growth as the children learn that they are not alone and can honestly express themselves while being understood by those in similar circumstances.

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I have personally witnessed the progress and growth of one family after their husband and father died from cancer. The three girls were eight, six and four years old. Their happily remarried mother is extremely proud as her oldest is now in her second year of college focused on a career, the second is entering college this fall and the youngest is entering her second hear of high school. All three are bright, engaging and compassionate young women.

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I would double the current Director's salary and vociferously encourage all forms of funding solicitations to support and enable Mary's Place to grow so it can reach beyond the state and eventually to have additional facilities throughout New England.

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