At Brooke's Place, we believe that no person living with childhood grief should feel alone.
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 include isolation, substance abuse, depression, poor school performance, aggression, and anxiety.
Because 1 in 7 children will lose 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. Our mission is to support children and their families through bereavement programs, advocacy, community education and outreach.
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: Before attending Brooke's Place, 27% of children and teens indicated feeling understood by those around them. After attending Brooke's Place, 83% reported feeling understood by others.
- Brooke's Place helps develop healthy coping skills: Before attending Brooke's Place, 18% of children and teens indicated the ability to express feelings in healthy ways about their loved one who died. After attending Brooke's Place, 62% indicate the ability to do so.
- Brooke's Place helps children cope with anxiety: Before attending Brooke's Place, 25% of children and teens indicated the ability to express their fears and worries in healthy ways. After attending Brooke's Place, 65% indicated the ability to do so.