My son and I started with Jeff's place two years ago after his father passed away unexpectedly in a MVA. Having a loved one leave you unexpectedly is a very overwhelming, confusing, traumatic and isolating experience. Jeff's place gave us a safe place to express our emotions without judgement, our struggles, our success's and remember/ celebrate the life of our loved ones. It becomes a home away from home with people that understand, a place where you can let your walls down and breathe. It has been an amazing experience to learn from other members and to see their growth over time. Jeff's place has not only provided us with a safe place but has also been an amazing resource. Through Jeff's place we learned of a free camp for kids that have lost a loved one. My son was able to participate in the camp over the summer. It was a life changing experience for him and one he will always remember.
There is no timeline or handbook for grief but Jeff's place has helped us navigate its ups and downs. I can't thank Jeff's place enough for all they have done and continue to do for us.
Jeff's Place offers kids and families a safe space to grieve together. I recently started working here and am blown away by the compassion, respect and impact the social workers provide. I am thrilled to be part of this impactful and meaningful agency.
I truly can't say enough about Jeff's Place & the entire staff that works there. At the time we started at Jeff's Place I was completely lost after the loss of my wife & my two children were beyond heartbroken. Jeff's Place welcomed us with open arms & we all felt that we were no longer alone in our loss. We met other families that had experienced what we had which was invaluable in our healing process. I would highly recommend Jeff's Place to any family that has gone through the loss of a parent. I really don't think we would be where we are today without them. We are forever grateful!
Jeff's Place provides an amazing service to families who are grieving! I took my teenage daughter to a group after my husband died. She found other grieving teens who she could share with and who understood what she was going through, As much as friends want to be supportive, it was so healing to be with others who had also experienced loss. I attended a parent group simultaneously to get support as I was grieving and also trying to support three grieving kids. It was enormously helpful on so many levels. We both found a community of people who are still in our lives. The Jeff's Place staff is amazing and we are so grateful for all they did for us!
My children and I experienced the sudden loss of my husband/their Dad. Jeff’s place was such a wonderful resource for us in our time of need. It was so good for us to see and share with others who have experienced such a horrible loss, and was able to move on from their loss. Jeff’s Place offers the most wonderful service that you hope you never have to use. I was blessed to have them in my life, and my children’s lives in our time of need.
After our daughter died, Jeff's Place was there to help my son grieve the loss of his sister. The staff are all wonderful and they provide a consistent, safe place for kids to express their grief. My son was able to meet other peers that had were also grieving the loss of a sibling. He has felt supported throughout his time at Jeff's Place. Even 5 plus years later, he still gets support from the connections he has made here.
In August of 2017 I had the unfortunate experience of becoming and learning how to function as a widower after my wife passed unexpectedly from brain cancer. I was now a father to three little girls. To say I was scared and lost, would be an understatement. I was numb, walking around in a haze of grief and feeling alone, like no one understood my pain. I tried to white knuckle it alone for a few months, which did not work. My sister in-law suggested therapy. I worked with a psychologist for a few months, it helped for me, but my girls were suffering. I was still not finding the support as a family and other people that were walking the same path as me. I tried one support group at a church and all they did was sit around and drink juice, eat donuts and talk about everything except for grief and loss. A internet search helped me find Jeff's Place in Framingham. I called and spoke with Mellissa the Director for a while. She made me feel comfortable speaking about my pain and grief. She told me they worked with children too. I decided to attend one of there meetings with my girls. When we arrived, we were welcomed at the door and the girls were greeted by the staff, I remember the staff knelt down to their level to make them feel welcomed and invited them in to meet some of the other children from the other families. After a touching opening to the meeting with all of us together, the children went to have craft or guided time with the counselors to learn about what had happen to all of our families and how we would move forward without a loved one. The adults went upstairs and we sat on couches and chairs around a table with snacks. There was a very loose agenda, largely to get people talking. As the first person started talking, I started weeping, then broke down. Not a person in the room made me feel awkward or out of place. Only supported. By the time it was my turn to speak, I had taken some deep breaths and was able to share my entire story, unrushed and feeling safe to share. Finally I was surrounded by people that were walking the path ahead of me and could slow down as if to say, "Hey, don't worry, we walked it too, we are up here slightly farther along then you, but we are here. You are not alone." When I left that evening, the girls felt a bit of relief knowing that other children experienced loss too, and it is okay, and we were going to make it as a family. I recall driving home and having a sense of normalcy, and that although misery loves company, that company can be the agent of change to save and help people move forward. Jeff's Place one hundred percent changed my trajectory of grief and helped me not only understand it, but skillfully deal with it and start a new chapter with my girls. I am forever indebted to Jeff's Place and would recommend calling and having a conversation to start the healing process. It is up to you to advocate for yourself and grow as a man or woman. This is a great place to start. Best of luck, stay strong and let people help you, no matter how hard it may be.
Jeff's place offers transformative experiences and support to families living with grief. When we needed help after our teenage son died there were immediately there for us and the support group for my daughter was the single best opportunity she had to start to heal.
Jeff's Place warm and inviting atmosphere is the kind of community where you can 'come as you are.' It is a haven for grieving children and their surviving parents/caregivers. No matter where you are in your grieving process, hope grows here.
Even though it's been 3 years since Jeff's Place has been part of our everyday lives, it's still very dear to our family. This summer my children and I traveled from Ireland to attend The Experience Summer camps in Maine. Waiting for the bus in Newton I was overcome with happiness connecting with my Jeffs Place families and counselors. They're still there for us! Thank you Jeff's Place!
We feel very blessed to have Jeff's Place in our lives. The staff are so loving and caring and welcomed us with open arms and hearts. We're still grieving and everything is still so raw, but it really does help having a place to express our thoughts and emotions and talk about "our special person". Thank you Jeff's Place.
Jeff’s place was a very valuable resource to myself and my two sons were 11 and 13 when their mother died.
Everyone involved is caring thoughtful and helpful when you’re going through a tough experience like this!
A huge thanks to all the people that volunteer their time and keep up the great work! :)
Jeff's Place was a wonderful resource to have available to me & my 2 boys. My wife died after a 2.5 year battle with cancer and our boys were 11 & 13 years old. They are very "strong & tough kids", both emotionally & physically. However, I knew that I would need help for both my sons & myself to assist in the grieving process.
My boys didn't really want to go to the meetings, probably because they didn't want to talk about their emotions and/or feelings. I do believe that it was a great help for all of us and led to many conversations that we've had about their mother and all of us as a family!
We stopped attending Jeff's Place meetings over a year ago! We have stayed in communication with Jeff's Place volunteers and try to support them when we can. My hope is that Jeff's Place continues working with families for as long as each individual family needs!
The time and care that everyone at Jeff's place has given to my children as well as myself after losing Marc has become the foundation that we stand upon today. The opportunity to be around other families that have experienced similar loss has been invaluable in the journey. The clinicians and facilitators are just wonderfully special humans. The group environment allows you to see parents/caregivers further along in their journey which represents hope that you too will find your way and be ok.
How are children supposed to grow up without a dad? How are MY children supposed to grow up without a dad? How am I going to do THIS without him? We are living this every day and with the help of Jeff's Place we are starting to adjust to our new normal. The environment that Jeff's Place provides is so very important for grieving children and their surviving parents. Spending 2 evenings a month in a clinician driven peer group with other families living the same reality that you are. The staff is amazing and open and professional and honest and caring and compassionate and everything that we need without knowing that we need it. Jeff's Place has been a life changer for us.
Jeff's Place is a safe space where we can go as a family to grieve the loss of our son. They've provided support and connection and "get it." We are incredibly grateful for all Jeff's Place has done for our family as we went through the hardest experience of our lives. When we first started attending groups, it was incredible see the transition in our daughter who was struggling with the loss of her brother, who was also her best friend. It gave her comfort to know she was not alone and that others have lost siblings too. At the same time, being able to connect with other parents who have lost children has been a great support to us. It's a club I'd never wish anyone to be a part of and am so grateful I am.
Jeff's Place has been a lifeline for our family for the last couple of years. Already guardians of our Grand daughter, we had the earth shattering experience of losing her Dad to suicide. Jeff's Place has provided an anchor for us as we find a way to feel our grief and to help our girl through hers. She loves going to the meetings, as do we. Staffed by truly caring and competent people, we are finding the best possible way to move forward and live our best lives
At Jeff's Place, I've experienced how healing can happen when people are given a safe space to share their story and witness the stories of others. Not every young child has had the experience of a parent or sibling dying. Not every parent has had the experience of their partner or child dying. But at Jeff's Place, there is power in these shared experiences and comfort in being immersed in a community where you can intentionally continue to build bonds with those who have died.
Jeff's Place is a one-of-a-kind organization offering care and support for children, teens, families, and individuals grieving the death loss of someone important in their lives. As an intern I help to co-facilitate groups, but truly the group members are co-facilitators, too. While the staff at Jeff's Place provide structure and hold space for our clients, it is the group members who support each other most, reminding one another that no one grieves alone. Many of the staff are expressive therapists, so artmaking is integrated throughout our work, providing both verbal and nonverbal ways for our clients to process their grief and express themselves. It is an honor and a gift to be interning with an organization and community like Jeff's Place.
Jeff's Place has been a vital resource for me and my children as we adjust to life without my wife and their mom.
My family used their services for a year, and I spent a year interning for them. They have deep in house knowledge and a great community, and their program director is incredibly kind and thoughtful. The techniques used in groups are simple but powerful, perfectly tailed for kids, and I saw adults get a benefit from getting to know the other families and seeing with their own eyes that they are not alone in their grief journey. This institution is a lifeline for families and represents an enduring investment in each individual child and family as well as the whole metro west region.
Volunteering at Jeff's Place was a catalyst in choosing my career path. I had the privilege of volunteering with Jeff's Place during high school and as much as I hope I was able to provide support and a listening ear for the families we were serving, I know that my experience as a volunteer provided me with so much more. After my time spent volunteering with Jeff's Place, I went on to get both my bachelors and masters degrees in social work, and am working on my PhD in social work. It was through my volunteering at Jeff's Place that I began to build skills core to the social work profession. Even years later, volunteering at Jeff's Place was one of the most formative experiences in both my personal and professional life.
I volunteered last year at Jeff's Place just once or twice per month to hand out pizza at evening family gatherings. The staff, other volunteers, and families that I met while there reflect what kind of place this is; a warm and welcoming respite for those in need of care during a very vulnerable time. I always mention this place to people I know who have experienced a loss as a potential resource since I believe what they do is so critical. Watching a dear friend experience the loss of her father as a child, I only wish that she had something like Jeff's Place available to her. I hope to return there again as a regular volunteer as soon as the opportunity arises.
Jeff’s Place was an amazing support for us when my husband passed away. My boys were 3 and 5. We went to Jeff’s place for two years but feel like they will always be there for us. They do such important work and I am so grateful for all they do.
I can't say enough positive things about Jeff's Place, it's mission, the staff and volunteers. I'm so grateful for all that they have done for me and my family.
Jeff's Place is an outstanding organization that fills a vital need in MetroWest and beyond. The children and parents who attend their support groups find a valuable sense of connection during a time of grief that would otherwise be very isolating. There is real healing that takes place as each family member is heard and understood, and they find hope amidst their sorrow. The staff and volunteers are an exceptional group of individuals who provide a welcoming and compassionate space for those who are grieving.
After my husband died from pancreatic cancer, Jeff’s Place was the safety net that grabbed us, kept us going, made us feel like we belonged somewhere, gave us true friendships as we all struggle to solo parent our young grieving children while we ourselves are grieving. Jeff’s place is my families’ safe haven to regroup and get back to living our best lives. Thank you staff and volunteers- we are forever grateful!
Jeff's place is the most extraordinary community. It's the kind of support and understanding that only comes from other families who have lost loved-ones. Jeff's place helped me grieve and gave me hope. I don't know how I would have coped without them.
Losing a loved one its bewildering. There's people to contact, arrangements to be made, a bewildering amount of paper work — and through it all your heart is just screaming "make it all stop!" Jeff's Place is the only thing that kept me going. With compassion and care they help each grieving family find some peace and understanding in an otherwise senseless world. Jeffs Place means hope when the rest of life feels hopeless.
My story is from the other side of the pizza table. The side that volunteers to serve pizza monthly to our families. The side of the table who serves dinner during our celebrations. The side of the table who watches these families thrive with the support they are given during the most horrific time of their lives. I have watched children play together with new friends and then light a candle in honor/memory of their loved one. I have seen single parents, exhausted, sad, worried bringing their children to Jeff's Place for some much needed socialization with others who have been through the same pain. Jeff's Place has brought hope, and love, and companionship and has tried to make the world a brighter place for these families during tragedy. Their staff, led by Jenny Kaplan and Melissa Johnson are caring, committed and just the best. When we get new families my emotions run from oh good, they found us to how sad, they need us. Jeff's Place is deserving of all good things. It's for the kids and who can turn down a kid?
When someone you love dies it changes you. My family, our family, experienced what is called sudden loss. It, at least for us, was like skipping happily along and then suddenly falling into a dark hole that seemingly didn’t have a bottom. A bottomless pit. The aloneness that one feels can be truly debilitating. We were so fortunate to attend Jeff’s Place at a time where just getting out of bed was a challenge. Having to navigate my loss, as well as, support our 3 children while they endured the grief and loss of their father was a daily struggle. The compassionate, caring, empathetic, volunteers, social workers, and staff offered a safe place for our family to land. Being able to grieve openly, and not feel judged, or stranded alone while bearing witness with others that are enduring such life altering pain too, gave great comfort to my family. We will forever be grateful for the support, kindness, and generosity that we received from the very knowledgeable staff, and the many life long friends we have met through from Jeff’s Place.
This organization provides critical bereavement services to kids and families (for free). As someone who experienced parental loss as a child, I see Jeff's Place as a much needed program that has lasting impact on the children and families it serves. Grief can be isolating and overwhelming, and Jeff's Place provides a safe circle of support with trained individuals to help them through the process. Services Jeff's Place offers are rare unfortunately, so they are unique and are a gem within the community. Jeff's Place needs volunteers and donors in order to keep doing the wonderful work it does.
Jeff's Place was a port in the storm after the loss of my husband. Their program was such a comfort to my son and myself. Jeff's Place offers a path to understanding and coping with the grief experienced when losing a parent/sibling. I got the benefit of participating in the parent group while Evan attended a group made up of his peers. Jeff's Place fills a void that is addressed so infrequently...grief and loss is experienced by everyone yet there are very few comprehensive programs that assist in processing great loss.
Jeff's Place is a phenomenal gift for grieving kids and their loved ones. The program is centered around the kids, but the adults get so much out of it as well. It is such a supportive and accepting place that truly nurtures and strengthens the spirit of those lucky enough to be able to go. There are not enough resources for grieving kids and their families and the service that Jeff Place provides is stellar.
Jeff’s Place, is a place where families can come and support eachother as they find a way at their most vulnerable time to cope with the grief that comes with a significant death loss. I see Jeff’s Place as an opportunity to express all the feelings that go with a terrible loss, to be with people who understand and “get it” and a place where people can renew their commitment to keep on keeping on. This is a journey, with good days and heart breaking days but Jeff’s Place is here to help and to let people in their darkest times know they are not alone.
I have been a co-facilitator since Jeff’s Place began 10 years ago, first working with teens and now with a group for parents who have had the unthinkable happen. They have experience the death of their child. But here’s what I experience every time we all meet. For sure there’s sadness and a whole host of other emotions but I also see that in the midst of sometimes overwhelming fragility, there emerges incredible strength and resilience and kindness. I see families support eachother as they begin to find their way to a different life. I see parents reaching out to eachother in group as they tell their stories and share the challenges of putting their lives and their family’s lives back together again.
It’s really the kids and the parents who are the teachers for eachother. Jeff’s Place provides a safe space, a space safe to cry, safe to be angry, safe to grapple with grief and know that everyone else there is going through it with them. They all understand in a way most others can’t and they are there for eachother to support, and empathize and catch eachother when they feel like they might break. It’s a place where they can talk about what it’s like as they go about their lives while trying to hold overwhelming feelings of emptiness, and longing, and loss at bay as they deal with the day to day responsibilities of the world.
So when people ask about Jeff’s Place and what it’s like to volunteer there, I say for me it’s a chance to be part of this rebuilding process and see people who at their most vulnerable reach out for eachother, reach out to eachother and begin to begin again. It is an honor to be part of this journey.
The motto at Jeff’s Place is “Hope grows here,” and after 10 years and many, many families, I truly believe that indeed hope, and strength, and reliance, and love all grow here.
I volunteer at Jeff's Place and it is truly a wonderful and unique organization. Families and their grief are held with such care and compassion. The staff works together with the families to meet them where they are at in their own grieving journey. No one's grief looks the same and no one grieves alone at Jeff's Place.
Jeff's Place provides a safe, warm and welcoming space for grieving families with children who have suffered the overwhelming loss of a parent or child. Families come to us frightened, overwhelmed and feeling very alone only to immediately realize that they are surrounded by others who know all too well the pain they are feeling. For many kids, being at Jeff's Place is their favorite place to be because they are not 'that kid whose mom/dad/sibling died'. Our families have a shared experience, and support one another in the most safe and beautiful ways to work toward building a new normal while processing their grief. We believe that the only one whose knows about grief is the person who is grieving and participants support each other no matter where they are on the continuum, gaining strength each step of the way. There are a lot of tears and there is a lot of laughter too. Jeff's Place helps people to heal and provides a place for hope to grow.
I never fully imagined the Impact Jeff's Place would have on me as a facilitator. It's not that I have any answers and I've come to realize, there are none when it comes to grieving. For each child, each parent, it appears to be a singular journey. Our role at Jeff's Place is to enable and encourage the paths to meet. For the kids, they feel 'normal' here. For the adults, they talk a familiar language. At Jeff's Place, following dinner, each child and then adult who would like, lights a candle..."I light this candle in memory of my mother, Ann', '...my son, John'. We use names, we provide a safe place to talk about how people died, how it feels, what you do when you feel sad, what makes you laugh when you remember. Jeff's Place is alive and caring and for the past 3 years I've had the privilege of observing transitions that I believe are a direct result. The courage of these families truly touches my heart. Parents and kids re-connect with one another in profound ways, having learned that they don't need to carry their pain alone. Strength is given through individual and shared experiences. Our leaders, Jenny Schreiber and Melissa Kennedy Panto arm us with gentle ways to start conversations. I am awed by their always seeming to know what to say and their encouragement to us as facilitators to trust our instincts. Protective walls slowly crumble here so that healing can begin. Who Jenny is and what she has done in creating Jeff's Place is nothing short of extraordinary.
Jeff's Place was where we turned when my husband died after a long journey with brain cancer. We needed to be with other families who had lost a parent because we felt like aliens in our community, and Jeff's place helped us find others because this organization provides peer-to-peer support for this situation (as well as others for sibling/child loss). We gather on "our night" every two weeks, with the same families throughout the year. We have a large opening where we light candles for the beloved parents who died, then we break into small peer groups for an hour or so. Kids meet with kids their age and a clinician/facilitator while parents meet with parents. It is a special time to remember our loved ones and talk about the issues we face in living life without them. I cannot say enough good things about the staff and volunteers at Jeff's Place. They clearly plan for each session taking into account the individuals in each group. Young kids do a lot of art projects while older kids might play basketball games while chatting. It might seem casual but a lot of thought goes into making this a useful, healing experience for everyone. The parent group has been a lifeline for me. We talk, we cry, and we laugh. We get it.
I have a five year old who lost both parents two years ago. We had quite the struggle finding support for this kind of grief counseling, especially in a child so young. The counselors and volunteers at Jeff's Place are so warm and inviting. They all know and understand what you and your children are going through and can support you throughout the healing process. We are so grateful that we found them. My child thrives in the environment and is able to open up and talk with like-minded children and adults. We are incredibly blessed for finding these caring, amazing people at Jeff's Place.
I contribute to Jeff's Place because when I think about the impact an organization can have on a family, I can't think of anything more needed than a family that has a lost a child, or a child that has lost a parent. I know families that have experienced such a dramatic loss and seen the havoc not getting help and counseling brought on these families. There is nothing harder for a family to cope with, and nothing more valuable than having other families helping you through the transition, along with the counsel and support one gets from the fabulous staff at Jeff's Place. I have met these families, they've told me about the difference going to Jeff's Place has made for them, and i am honored to help support this work in a small way.
Jeff's Place means the world to the grieving families and children who attend its group sessions. I've witnessed children and their families healthfully adapt to their new circumstances. The staff at Jeff's Place is wonderful, kind, giving and effective at helping families navigate their grief journey. Jeff's Place is truly a difference maker!
Jeff's Place has been incredibly helpful to our family. For me, I get to share with people who've had similar experiences, and my son gets time with friends who are growing up without a parent...all in a place that feels like home.
Everyone here goes above and beyond for the families impacted by sudden and devastating grief. They are thoughtful, kind, and caring. They create a comforting and safe space to share. Truly thankful for everyone at Jeff's Place.
Jeff's place has been exactly what our family needed. When our son died we didn't know what to do. We could barely survive each day, not to mention take care of our other young children and support them through the loss of their brother. The bereavement group has allowed us to connect with other families who are going through the same thing as us. For the first time our daughter met another child who also lost a sibling. She's made bonds and connections with the other children in her group that have helped her process the loss of her brother.
They've helped us all feel less alone, they've helped us find ways to honor our son and his memory, and they've provided guidance and support through the worst thing that could happen to a family.
No one should ever have to go through losing a child--it is the most unbearable thing to endure. Having Jeff's place has made it all a little bit easier. We've made life long connections here and we are incredibly grateful for all of their support.
When I was 7 years old, my 4-year-old sister died, changing the course of our lives forever. Back then, my family did not know of any organizations like "Jeff's Place," and as a child and teen, I found myself grieving in isolation and in fear of upsetting my parents who were in the depths of their own grief. Now, as an adult, it has been one of the greatest privileges of my life to serve on the board of directors at Jeff's Place. Through our life-changing work, we offer children, teens, and their families support, hope, and community throughout their grieving journey. I am constantly in awe of our participants and the caring, support, and understanding they offer one another alongside our incredible staff and volunteers.
When my husband died suddenly at age 45 from cardiac arrest the lives of my children and I were forever changed. Jeff’s Place gave us a place to go where we were understood. My children made friends for life. Friends like no other who understand life without a parent. I gained friends as well and a feeling of community where I could express my grief freely and without judgement, criticism or misunderstanding. Over the past 3 years Jeff’s Place helped us to heal and move forward. We will always miss our lost loved one but the support and love we received from JP, at a time when we were desperately drowning in grief, is immeasurable. I cannot say enough about how amazing this organization is.
Jeff's Place was a safe haven for my son to grieve and be with other kids in a similar situation. As a parent, I too gained wonderful insight and support through my time at JP.
The environment is nurturing and loving....JP is so very special as it identifies and creates a community that fills a gaping void in so many lives who live with loss.
Jeff's Place has been my foundation for grief therapy for my kids. When my wife passed Jeff's Place was recommended to me multiple times. I spoke to Melissa before the funeral and she gave me advice that I will never forget and will forever be grateful for. It's become a safe place for us and somewhere we find comfort and healing.
Hospitals do a great job of treating the patient but a very poor job treating the caregivers. It's a harsh transition when you are most vulnerable and you need to be the guide for your children. Jeff's Place took us in and understand what we are going through. So many people try to help but few understand how to help. Jeff's Place is our support. Everyone is kind and caring and are there to help the kids and the parents.
Jeff’s Place has been such a gift to my family. We lost my sister, who left behind 5 grieving children. The community at Jeff’s Place has been so genuinely welcoming, kind, and understanding. We’re all extremely grateful we found them!
Jeff's Place offers support to grieving children/teens and their parents. Professionally-facilitated support groups are provided free of charge to those in need. The staff also provides outreach and training to community organizations and schools in the surrounding towns. Individual counseling is available via the clinical staff as well. The level of caring and support is phenomenal. The children who attend these groups can laugh and play as well as deal with the serious and difficult tasks of bereavement and grief. The loss may be as fresh as a few weeks or several years in the past. All are welcome.
The care and compassion I have received at Jeff's Place has been of great help to me. The work that Melissa and other team members perform is important and appreciated. Sharing with other families who have suffered losses similar to my own has been helpful as well.
My 5 boys and I were devastated when my husband, Rich, passed away from cancer 2 years ago. Jeff's Place was a refuge where we met many people going through similar situations. Today, my family is thriving. Jeff's Place allowed my children a safe place to grieve with other children experiencing similar loss. I can't say enough about the staff who really took an interest in our lives and provided us the resources to live our lives in a way that would make Rich proud!
I recently lost my husband to cancer. I have 5 young boys. Initially, it was difficult to know where to go to get support, but Jeff's Place was recommended by one of the boy's school principals. In an age of technology when people seem to expect a rapid return to "normal", Jeff's Place provides a safe place to continue to grieve with people who understand the struggle of losing a spouse when the children are young. I am so happy that I did this for my boys ... and for me. Great job to all the facilitators who get my children to want to come back after each session!
Where to begin? Melissa and the staff at Jeff's Place are supportive, caring, knowledgable, and helpful. My son's father was very sick when I first reached out to ask how to talk to my 6 year old about the possibility of his father passing away in the near future. Melissa took my call, answered my questions, and talked me through the best way to share that information. When his father did pass, Melissa was right there to help me through the process of telling my son, supporting him through his grief, and choosing an appropriate time to begin attending a group at Jeff's Place. When we began meeting in a group, we realized how important it would be for our son, but we didn't know how helpful it would be as a parent. The group normalizes talking about the child's "special person" in a positive way and helps parents understand grieving behavior versus typical child behavior. In addition, Jeff's Place has so many resources for families going through the grieving process.
My son has gone from a scared, grieving boy to a healthy, happy kid who misses his dad, but now has the tools he needs to cope when he becomes overwhelmed. We would not be where we are today without the amazing people who work with us and our children at Jeff's Place.
When my sister tragically died in a car accident 5 years ago she left 4 children behind that I took on as my own. We all needed to heal including my own 3 very young children. Jeff’s Place opened up their doors and gave us a place to do that. Gave us the space to heal and learn that things would be ok. I don’t know if we would have made it past that first year without their help, kindness and love.
Jeff's Place was there for our family as our daughter needed support with the loss of her little brother. She was seeing therapists, but it was the support and understanding of the staff and peers at Jeff's place that really helped her in healing. And they were there for myself and my husband as we were in the darkest place losing our son. The staff provides kindness, gentleness, compassion and understanding, and the groups provide a safe space with others grieving who understand when the world around you doesn't.
We are truly thankful to Jeff's Place for helping heal our family.
We are so thankful to have found Jeff's place. They welcomed us with open arms and open hearts. The whole staff is loving and caring.
We searched for a place to take our daughter a year after the loss of her brother ,our son, Alec.
She found such comfort being with others who understood and were going through the same thing, and she found so much comfort with the volunteers in her group who help her talk about Alec while having fun too. She looks forward to going every other week.
And while my husband and I didn't feel comfortable attending group, we did, and it does bring us comfort to know others are going through the same emotions and difficulty in life. We have grown comfortable in our group and are surrounded by caring hurting parents.
Thank you Jenny and Melissa and everyone at Jeff's Place for helping our family.
It’s hard to put into words how much Jeff’s Place means to my family and me. I’m raising my granddaughter who lost her father, my son, last spring.
Jeff’s Place staff are caring and knowledgeable about the grief process. They provide meaningful activities and groups for kids. This place is helping me be a better caregiver. We are so very lucky to be part of this amazing organization!
My niece & I have been going to Jeff’s Place for almost 2 years. This amazing group has helped both of us deal with my brother/her father’s death in so many ways. The support each of us receives is incredible and greatly appreciated.
My children lost their father 2 years ago & we just started at Jeff's Place last year. This has been very good for my boys because they are not talkers & here they feel that they fit in because they are with other kids going through the same thing. They don't have to talk but can just listen to others. They love it there!
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened"
Thank you Jeffs Place for helping us understand these words.
Thank you for showing us how to live with grief, how to move on and how to look back and smile at the happy times.
I cannot say enough about the amazing, consistent, good work of Jeff's Place staff. They meet grieving families where they are, in their mess, and help to come alongside with grace and guidance. They provide top-notch, comprehensive care to our community of bereaved.
Jeff's Place has made such a vast difference for my son and me through our grieving process in so many positive ways. They have helped us much on a personal and group level since the day we stepped foot in the door. I don't know where we would be today without them and we will keep going as long as we can. Such a positively wonderful organization.
Families who come to Jeff's Place after suffering the loss of a close family member find support, strength and hope. The staff and volunteers are a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals, and there is real healing that takes place in the support groups. Jeff's Place is an exceptional organization that fills such an important but under-recognized community need. It's a privilege to be associated with Jeff's Place.
My children and I have been attending counseling sessions since the sudden death of my husband last Spring. It has been so helpful for my children and wonderful for me to connect with others experiencing loss. We are fortunate to have such a great resource so close to home. Thanks Jeff's Place!
Jeff's place was a sanctuary for my daughter, my wife and myself after the death of our son in 2012. My daughter was able to connect with other teens, some of whom had also lost a sibling. She received and felt great support from the wonderful Jeff's Place staff and volunteers (who get "it"), rather than the isolation from losing her brother and feeling different. We attended Jeff's place for 2 years, and my daughter is now a Jeff's Place volunteer herself. The focus at Jeff's Place is on children's grief and healing, but the support for adults is just as heart-warming and important, as I witnessed in our parent group, as we shared our stories and bonded. Jeff's Place welcomed my family with open arms and compassion, and guided us at our own pace on the road to healing.
Husband and great father to our 4 children passed this year. I am so grateful to have an optimistic place for my children to express their feelings, gain strength, and to realize they could have strengths to offer others feeling the same pain and emptiness.
Thank you Jeffs Place!
I am thankful for Jeffs Place and the support that friends of mine have received. A place where they can go and share the loss with other families who understand what they are going through.
I found Jeff's Place after the sudden death of my husband. It has been an invaluable resource for me and has connected me to wonderful people going through the same thing.
My widowed friend has seen her son benefit greatly from this program. She recommends it highly to others who find themselves in this situation where bereavement counseling is needed. It makes me happy to know that this type of support is available in the local community.
We feel welcomed. There is space for fun, for expressing yourself as a child and adult while grieving. It's gentle encouragement moving forward for all of us.