To make it easier for your family, we offer peer support groups at schools and community organizations.
Every grieving child and adult needs support when a loved one dies — Lory's Place offers outreach programs providing grief support to area schools and community organizations.
Join a peer group at your local school
Lory's Place offers regularly scheduled sessions at the schools listed below. Each session brings children together who are grieving after the death of a family member or friend. These sessions are open not only to children who attend sessions at Lory's Place, but also to children who cannot come to Lory's Place because of transportation problems, work or schedule conflicts. Our professional bereavement staff members and trained volunteers facilitate the school group sessions. These peer group sessions are a safe, comfortable place for your child to share feelings, do grief-healing activities and receive the empathy, advice and hope needed for the grief journey.
"I think the school group is awesome because it helps me with the pain and feelings."
-13 year old middle school student
In addition to the peer support groups, Lory's Place also works with area schools during times of community crisis or tragedy. We can assist administrators, counselors and teachers with resources and education programs so they can provide support for grieving students. And we can give age-appropriate educational presentations to help all students understand grief and the healing process.
"I like having a school group, because I can talk about my dad and no one will get mad at me, and I won't make anyone sad.
An elementary student"
If your school does not offer a grief support group and you would like us to offer one, please contact us. If you are a teacher and would like additional resources for your classroom, or to arrange a classroom presentation, call (800) 717-3812. We are ready to help you and your children.
2016-2017 School Groups
Ballard Elementary (Niles)
Baseline Middle (South Haven)
Chikaming Elementary (Sawyer)
Coloma Jr High
Countryside Academy Elementary/Middle/High (Benton Harbor)
Ellis Elementary (Niles)
EP Clarke Elementary (St. Joseph)
FC Reed Middle School (Bridgman)
Howard Elementary (Niles)
Lincoln Elementary (South Haven)
Lincoln Elementary (St. Joseph)
Merritt Elementary (Brandywine)
Moccassin Elementary (Buchanan)
New Buffalo Elementary
New Buffalo High
North Elementary (Watervliet)
North Shore Elementary(South Haven)
Oak Manor Elementary (Niles)
Ottawa Elementary (Buchanan)
River Valley Middle/High
Roosevelt Elementary (Stevensville)
Ross Beatty Middle/High School
Sister Lakes Elementary
South Elementary (Watervliet)
Southside School (Niles)
St. Joseph High
Sylvestor Elementary (Berrien Springs)
Three Oaks Elementary
If you are a school counselor or administrator and are interested in starting a Lory's Place support group at your school please give us a call at (800) 717-3812.
Grief Support within our Communities
Lory's Place provides support for organizations and businesses following a tragedy or crisis. We can help if your team is anticipating the death of a colleague or help you work through your grief if a co-worker dies. Our professional bereavement staff or trained facilitators are also available to do educational presentations on grief healing. Contact us to learn more.