Ele’s Place is a healing center for grieving children and teens.  Four branch locations support families throughout the Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Flint and Lansing areas and beyond.  Each week, peer support group programs help hundreds of children, ages 3-18, learn how to cope and begin to heal after the death of a parent, sibling or other loved one.

Before coming to Ele’s Place, many grieving children feel alone and keep their feelings inside, not wanting to burden their parents or other family members. Often, friends don’t seem to understand if they haven’t had a similar experience. But each week at Ele’s Place, hundreds of grieving children and teens find a warm and welcoming place to meet new friends who really understand how they feel, while they begin to heal after the death of a loved one.

Ele’s Place provides regularly scheduled sessions that allow children to interact with peers who have suffered similar loss, and to express their fears, anger, guilt and sadness in a secure and empowering environment. Utilization of music, art, story telling, writing and play promotes the healing process. Clinicians and trained volunteers, supervised by professional clinical staff, facilitate the following age-appropriate groups:

•    Preschool/Kindergarten
•    Early Elementary
•    Upper Elementary
•    Middle School
•    High School
•    Young Adults

Parents or guardians of the participating children are encouraged to attend separate groups concurrently. Young adults may participate in their own group independently. While length of participation is determined by each family, the average period is nine months.

Our Program Evaluation system consistently shows reductions in 15 negative behaviors by children attending our on-site programs.