Ben talks with staff from Mary’s Place, a non-profit organization that provides a place for children, teens and families who are grieving a death to share their experiences, receive support and find comfort.
Here’s a brief history of Mary’s Place from their website. To learn more, visit www.marysplacect.org.
Mary’s Place grew out of the vision and generosity of Carmon Community Funeral Homes and the insight of Mary Keane. Before founding Mary’s Place, Mary was an oncology nurse-clinician. In the course of her work she recognized the need for a support system for young people who had suffered the death of a loved one. This led her to organize a young widow and widowers support group in 1989. In 1991 she started a children’s support group, which met in her apartment.
As the number of children grew, the group moved to the student lounge at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor Connecticut. In 1996, with the help and support of the Carmon family, Mary’s Place was formally established as a Center for Grieving Children and Families and is located at 6 Poquonock Avenue in Windsor Connecticut.