Grief Support Groups

For children and adolescents, sharing their experience with peers can provide healing for those grieving the death of a loved one. Brooke’s Place provides peer support groups for young people ages 3-20+, who have experienced the death of a significant person.

Meeting Location

Peer support groups meet twice a month on Monday or Thursday evenings at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Brooke's Place partnership with St. Luke's has held strong since the inception of Brooke’s Place in April, 1999.

Support groups are not affiliated with any particular religion.

About our Support Groups

Young people are placed in groups based on age: 3 - 5, 6 - 9, 10 - 12, teens and young adults ages 18 - 20+. Although children, teens and young adults are our primary focus, we realize we cannot help them in isolation. Therefore, adult groups are provided for parents/guardians and run concurrently to the youth peer groups. The peer support groups are offered to families, with trained staff and volunteer facilitators who understand the grieving process.

What to Expect

A typical evening at Brooke’s Place begins at 6:30 p.m. with a pizza dinner and library time. There is a Monthly Family Contribution of $30.00. This contribution helps cover the overall costs of providing this service. Families who cannot make this contribution due to financial circumstances WILL NOT be turned away but supported through the “Pay It Forward” Family Sponsorship Program. Dinner ends with a cake and a song for those celebrating a birthday or significant life event.

Groups begin at 7 p.m. with an “opening circle” for introductions and an opportunity to tell the story of the person who died. During groups, young people may participate in writing, drawing or creating crafts as tools to express their grief work, but at Brooke’s Place, the children lead. If they want to sit out, they are allowed. If they need to release physical energy, they may visit “The Volcano Room” to punch a pillow, tear up a telephone book or squeeze popping bubbles. Another room to express their grief is called “The Expression Room.” In this room our young people may draw whatever they want. Everyone comes together at the end for a closing circle and song at 8:15pm.

Next Steps in your Journey

At Brooke’s Place, you start programs when you are ready, and you stop when you are ready.  We hope our program works for you.  If it sounds right, please complete the Support Group Intake Questionnaire form (see below) and we will call you to schedule a family interview with one of our Support Group Coordinators.

Families are asked to make a monthly contribution. No family is turned away due to financial constraints.

Grief Support Group Intake Forms

Choose your preference for online or a print friendly intake form.

Sign up Online - Support Group Intake Form

Printed Intake Form - Support Group Intake Form 

Not sure what’s right for you?

Discover for yourself the transformational power of hope, compassion, and companionship.  
If you would like a tour of our support group program please contact us at 317.705.9650

"Brooke’s Place helped her so much emotionally and for that I thank you.  It was so important for her to see that other teens were going through what she was and that she would be able to get through it and be okay. We both really appreciate the wonderful staff and will always remember those that we met along the way.  Thanks again for everything."

- Brooke's Place Parent