Brooke's Place provides support groups, therapy services and community education to empower children, teens, young adults and their families to thrive in the midst of grief.
Experiencing the death of someone significant can be very isolating for children, and their behavior can often times be misinterpreted as something other than an expression of grief. Risks of unaddressed grief in a child includes isolation, substance abuse, depression, poor school performance, aggression, and anxiety.
Because 1 in 7 children will experience the death of a parent, sibling or close loved one by the time they are 20, Brooke’s Place works to create a community where every young person living with grief feels safe, supported and understood during their personal grief journey.
Brooke’s Place is built on these principles:
- Grief is a natural reaction to the death of a loved one for young people as well as adults
- Within each individual is the natural capacity to heal oneself
- The duration and intensity of grief are unique for each individual
- Caring and acceptance assist in the healing process
- Our caring programs provide hope, help and healing by giving individuals a safe place to grieve.
The Impact of Brooke's Place on Young People
- Brooke's Place helps decrease feeling of isolation: After attending Brooke's Place Ongoing Support Groups, 73% of those aged 6-29 reported decreased feelings of isolation, while those in Therapy Services saw a 93% decrease in feelings of isolation.
- Brooke's Place helps develop healthy coping skills: After attending Brooke's Place Ongoing Support Groups, 70% of those aged 6-29 felt they had increased their healthy coping skills, and of those in Brooke's Place Therapy Services, 86% expressed an increase in healthy coping skills.