Rick's Place supports young people ages 5-18 years and their families when someone close in their life has died.
Did you know that about 4% of young people under 18 experienced the death of a parent?
Rick’s Place, Inc is an independent, non-profit based in Wilbraham that provides bereavement support to young people and their families following the death of someone close.
Rick’s Place was founded in March of 2007 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.
Grieving children and their families are welcome regardless of when, where or how the death occurred. Our service is offered free of charge.
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.
Young people (ages 5-18 years)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.
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