Mary's Place has been an excellent resource for my daughter after the death of her father. They offer a wide variety of age-specific groups ranging from 3-years-old up through high school. Mary's Place provides a safe environment for children to share their emotions with others their age who understand what they are experiencing. Through a wide variety of activities, sharing, play, family events, and song, children work through their grief surrounded by fellow peers and caring adults. I find it to be particularly helpful for young children because as they grow through the years, they will experience new forms of grief and Mary's Place is equipped to help them through the various milestones.
Mary's Place also offer an extensive library for children and caregivers alike to help navigate the daunting waters of a personal loss. There is a widow/widowers group that also meets bi-weekly. During the children's sessions, parents can share with each other their own experiences that so few others in their daily lives might actually understand. As a child or a parent/caregiver, you never feel alone or misunderstood at Mary's Place.
The volunteers genuinely care about all the kids and build lasting friendships with each child. Many of the high school/college aged volunteers spent a number of years attending Mary's Place as children and now give back their time to help other children suffering from the loss of a close family member/friend.
This is a place I hope I never have to recommend to anyone else. But if you find yourself in the midst of a personal loss and a part of this very unfair group, Mary's Place is the best place to be!
Thank you for all you have done!
I volunteer at Mary's Place and I have the opportunity to get to know and work with kids who are grieving the loss of their loved ones. I have been volunteering for about 2 years and this experience has inspired me to want to continue to help those who are grieving. Bereavement centers are not common in the sense that people do not know they are an option. A place like Mary's Place is one of kind because it allows kids to express themselves pertaining to their loss in a variety of ways such as games, journals, and arts and crafts. More places like Mary's Place need to be created because Mary's Place truly helps people.
This group is simply amazing. They helped myself and my children through the darkest time of our lives following the untimely death of my husband. I can't say enough about this group!
When my 14 year old niece committed suicide a year and a half ago, my family was obviously devastated. I didn't know how to help my 13 and 15 year old daughters grieve. I was so lost myself. I called my church and they recommended Mary's Place. The teen program provided a safe place where the children are all dealing with the same thing. Amazing sensitive staff.
They leave the meetings happy and smiling, and have made some new friends. Truly worth looking into, especially for this age group.
In 1998 my wife, 30 years old at the time, lost her battle to Melanoma. Our son was just two at the time. Shortly after her death a friend approached me and told me about this place in Windsor, CT called Mary's Place. He told me Mary's Place had a support group specifically for young widows and widowers. Although I had lots of support from family and friends, I figured it couldn't hurt to find out more about this center. Next thing I new I was sitting in comfortable room on a comfy sofa with a dozen other persons my age who had lost a spouse. From that moment I knew Mary's Place was going to play a major role in my grieving process and help me on my road to a joyful life.
That was almost fifteen years ago. Since then I've told everyone who has lost a spouse about this special place in Windsor, CT. There is no other place like it, and that is why I continue to support Mary's Place, its staff and the families they serve in any way I can. I hope you will too.
Thirteen years ago my husband Dan kissed me, our three year old twin sons, and 8 week old daughter good-bye and left for work. I received a phone call later that morning that changed our lives. Dan was surveying a building; he fell from a three story roof and died instantly. He would not be coming home again. Although I had support from family and friends it was Mary’s Place that was our saving grace. The other young widow and widowers I met in group were walking in my shoes. They knew how I felt and often times what I was thinking. The support, healing, and hope my children and I found at the grieving center is beyond words. Because of how Mary’s Place has impacted my family, I now serve on the board. I feel indebted to and want to give back to the incredible organization that helped us during this most devastating time of our lives. I have since remarried a fellow young widower, we have blended our beautiful families and both feel blessed to have known about Mary's Place.
In the Spring of 2007 my dear friend, John Carmon asked me if I would be interested in serving on the Mary’s Place Board of Directors. Having never served on a Board, at first I was hesitant. John, however, was persistent stating “I know you Rob …and serving on the Mary’s Place Board will be nothing short of a life changing event for you.” John’s words could not have been more prophetic as my service on the board has enriched my life beyond anything I could have ever imagined. From the first picnic and butterfly release of remembrance to the last gala and more recently, the wine tasting fund raiser event, I have never cried more tears of joy. I am a witness to the dedication, determination and the countless selfless acts of giving that the staff, volunteers, and my fellow board members bring to the mission of Mary’s Place. Be they toddlers, tweens, teens or adults, I am a witness, as well, to indomitable strength, courage and resilience of those who have suffered the grievous loss of loved ones. My hope for all of you who read these testimonials is that you will moved to come and stand alongside all of us in support of the awesome works of kindness and compassion that is Mary’s Place.
In 1998 my 30 year-old wife died after a long battle with cancer. Being a widowed father with a 3 year old son seemed overwhelming. A work colleague told me about a support group especially for young widows and widower. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I thought it was at least worth a try. Two weeks after my wife died I found myself sitting in a very comfortable room with other widows/widowers. Going to Mary’s Place was one of the best decisions of my life. The support group was exactly what I needed to grieve constructively and work towards healing. Life eventually became joyful and precious again. There is no doubt in my mind that Mary’s Place played a major role in mine and many other people’s lives. It is truly an oasis in the dark and dry desert of grief.
We started going to Mary's Place in April 2009, after my wife died in an accident. My kids were only 3 and 7 at the time. I was a mess, but the Young Widowers Group helped me tremendously. I was so relieved to see I was not alone. The people in that group gave me the hope and courage I needed to move forward with my life. They also helped me focus on my kids, and their issues as well. The Children's Group was excellent!! Both of my children got to associate with other children that had gone through similar tragedies. They also had received the hope and courage they needed to get back to a "normal" childhood. They still attend, and have shared a lot of their thoughts with the facilitators. The facilitators have been just great!! They volunteer their time, and are very caring and understanding! I am so thankful that Mary's Place exists. I hope they will continue to provide people with "a safe place to grieve".
I learned about Mary's Place about a year ago and knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of it. I wish there had been a place like this for me and my daughter 15 years ago when my husband died unexpectantly. We felt so ALONE! Mary's Place allows families to know that they are not alone. It is a wonderful, loving, safe environment for everyone to heal.