Peter’s Place offers a bright, positive environment for grieving families and young adults. We are a safe and compassionate community where families can get support after the death of someone significant in their lives by connecting with others who have had a similar experience.
Children ages 4-17 are placed into groups which meet for 1 to 1½ hours every other week. They come together in the “talking circle” to share, play games, and do creative, hands-on activities while accompanying adults attend a parent/caregiver support group. All groups are facilitated by Master’s level staff members and trained volunteer grief facilitators.
Young Adult Group
Peter’s Place recognizes that young adults have unique concerns and needs after a death. We offer a safe space for young adults in a time of transition to come together to talk about their shared experiences. This group of 18 – 25-year-olds meets once every other week for 1½ hours.
The Ryan’s Hope Program
The Ryan’s Hope Program was founded by the Monaghan family in 2012 in memory of Ryan Monaghan. These eight-week peer support groups are for adults who have had a child die as a result of substance abuse. The purpose of these professionally facilitated groups is to provide a place for parents to offer each other guidance, hope, understanding and healing.
Parents, caregivers and young adults can contact us directly to talk about joining a support group. If appropriate, we will schedule a family intake appointment, during which we will talk about relevant family history, current family needs, and reactions to the death.
Intake appointments give children and adults the chance to familiarize themselves with the space and get an idea of what happens during a typical group. Everyone is encouraged to ask questions and discuss concerns to make sure they feel comfortable coming to Peter’s Place.
If it’s determined that a peer support group would be a good fit, families may enroll in a group immediately or at an appropriate date in the future.
When should I call?
Some families contact us immediately after a death, while others come to us months or even years later. We welcome families and young adults to contact us at any time they feel ready. During the initial intake process staff will work with the family to help determine whether group placement is appropriate and the best time to start.
Is there a cost?
All of our services are offered at no charge in order to ensure equal access to all members of the community. We ask that families make a donation that is comfortable for them so that we may continue to offer our services without charging, and will be given opportunities at intake and throughout the year to do so. The generous donations of families, community members and organizations help us to continue funding our efforts. To contribute to Peter’s Place, visit our Donate page.
Please note: Our on-site program year runs from September through the first week in June. Consequently, our groups are preparing to conclude at this time. If you are interested in services at Peter’s Place we welcome your inquiry and would be happy to speak with you about the possibility of setting up an intake appointment in the latter part of the summer (later July or August) with the subsequent possibility of beginning group in mid-September. Please call Kimberly Nelson, Director of On-Site Programs, at 610.687.5150 Ext. # 1 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org more information.