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Jeffs Place Childrens Bereavement Center Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Personal Social Services

Mission: The mission of Jeff’s Place is to facilitate healthy integration of loss for children, teens, and their families by helping them feel connected with each other and less alone in their grief journey. No bereaved child or teen should grieve alone.

Results: To-Date we have served over 500 participants from over 38 towns and cities across MA.

Target demographics: grieving children and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 130 individuals

Geographic areas served: the Boston MetroWest community

Programs: free clinician-led, peer support groups; individual and family therapy; educational trainings and crisis management intervention

Community Stories

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Aimee M H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful support for my bereaved children.
Thank you Jeff's place.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.
Michael McHugh

Kari Bornhorst M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A harbor in a storm for any parent who losses a child. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Christie C. W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jeff's place saved my life! I lost my husband of 30 years to a brain Tumor. I did my best to help our teen daughter through the shock and pain, but felt completely lost and alone. Then a friend told me about Jeff's place. They welcomed me with open arms. Everyone who attends this amazing place has lost some one near and dear. Through shared experiences and true understanding everyone helps each other heal. Children are nurtured by the knowledge they are not alone in loss. Parents learn to cope. At a time when life was at it's most painful, Jeff's place gave me the strength to carry on!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

"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.
Thank you❤️

David S.3

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.