Rick's Place provides bereavement support to children ages 5-18 yrs when someone close in their life has died.
Rick’s Place was founded to honor the memory of Rick Thorpe, a young father and Wilbraham, Massachusetts native who died in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, the center was opened in March of 2007.
Rick’s Place, Inc. is a Wilbraham based non-profit that provides bereavement support to families with young children who have experienced the death of a close family member. Our mission is to offer compassionate support in a secure environment to children affected by death, in order to facilitate the healing process. Further we strive to reduce the potentially harmful and destructive behaviors that can occur among children and teens who do not get the support they need following the death of a parent or sibling.
Kids meet in small groups with others their age where they make new friends and share memories wtih trained facilitators; while their adult caregivers meet seperately to share the challenges raising of a grieving child.
The services at Rick's Place are free of charge.