The Brosius Family Remembers

Brooke's Place has been an amazing program for my children and I after we lost my husband unexpectedly on March 3, 2016 at the Taste of Carmel. My husband, Brian, was a great dad, husband and friend to many. His smile was infectious and some of the stories and jokes he would tell would bring you to tears with laughter. He was in the Air Force and fought for our country in the Gulf War. After his passing he was able to save over 50 people in 30 states including Canada with his gift of organ donation. His tissue helped burn victims and his arteries were used to help cancer patients.

I do not know what we would have done without the support of Brooke's Place and all of the facilitators, volunteers and fellow families over these past 2 years. We absolutely love the activities like Walking for Dreams and picnics that Brooke's Place puts on as a way to join us together in the grief journey. I know for some people they will make life long friends, for the children, it is a comfort knowing that they are not alone. That there are other children who have lost loved ones. Every story is different, but all share in the grief.

Forum Credit Unit Charity DucksBrooke's Place is so excited to be selected by the employees of FORUM Credit Union as the Charity of Choice for 2018! Throughout 2018, we will have the wonderful opportunity to work alongside their employees as they volunteer and provide support to our children and families. We will be sharing ongoing stories of their incredible dedication and impact throughout 2018. Thank you FORUM Credit Union for your continued focus and mission of helping others achieve their dreams! Your kindness and generosity are so appreciated and we are very grateful.

Thank you to our board member, Lori Winkler, for making the introduction and for always being a champion of our mission.

They began their year of philanthropy by sponsoring a Spring Duck Chuck at their corporate offices. 

Click on the video below to see the fun they had while supporting Brooke's Place!

We are expanding our peer-based grief support groups to the west side of Indy! Beginning in January 2018, we will be offering support groups on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Westside Church, 8610 West 10th Street! Please share our good news as this is our first expansion in 19 years of serving grieving children and their families!!

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Emilies's Story

The first dead body I ever saw was at the nursing home I worked at in high school. It was my first week there, and needless to say I was NOT prepared for it. Most of my favorite residents passed on before I left for college. That experience helped shape the person I've become.

I think it prepared me to be able to hold the hand of my very best friend in her last days. To sing to her and tell her how very much I loved her, and to not look away even though it hurt, even though I was scared. I brought my son to see her too, because I knew it was important for them to spend time together. We visited often enough in the couple of months she was there that he still calls it "Tina's Hospital" when we drive by.

Wally and I didn't get that time with my husband, Joe. He died suddenly, unexpectedly, and we weren't there to say goodbye. Wally didn't get to tell his daddy he loved him or hold his hand. In one phone call I became a widow, and I had to figure out how I was going to tell our boy his daddy was dead.

Brooke's Place volunteers and outreach staff were hard at work this summer promoting our grief support services at the following events:

  • TABLE TALK @ Faith Hope Love- Networking opportunity with churches and food pantries in underserved communities.
  • IndyHeartbeat Collaborative  (Indiana University)- Event focused on youth violence prevention.
  • Nonviolence & Community Empowerment Festival hosted by No BOBS (No Black on Black Slayings)
  • 2nd Annual Arts and Music in the Park -mental health and suicide prevention awareness
  • Mathew McGee vigil
  • Out of the Darkness Walk (Suicide Prevention)
  • 2017 Goldsplash - Raise awareness for pediatric cancer

On August 11, Brooke's Place held a celebration to thank our dedicated volunteers for all that they give so selflessly to our children and families. In 2016, Brooke's Place volunteers donated a total of 6,648 volunteer hours! We are incredibly grateful to all 158 volunteers who make our programs happen each and every week! Jill Pierce, Coordinator of Program Volunteers, does a phenomenal job in her work with our volunteers.

Thank you to George's Neighborhood Grill for hosting us!

Brooke's Place was thrilled to be selected by the Indianapolis Colts' Offensive Tackle, Anthony Castonzo, to receive a Colts Community Ticket Block for the third year in a row. Three Brooke's Place families attended the Colts game on August 31, while also enjoying meal vouchers, Colts swag and a visit down on the field! We are so grateful to Anthony, the Colts, and all our friends of Brooke's Place who provided special opportunities like these for fun and memorable family experiences amidst the pain of grief.

Thank you, Anthony, and GO COLTS!

Camp Healing Tree and Brooke's PlaceWe are incredibly excited and honored to announce that Camp Healing Tree is now a program at Brooke's Place! We have been partners for many years serving grieving children in central Indiana, and we are now combining our efforts and resources to make Camp Healing Tree AND Brooke's Place even BETTER!

Thank you to the Camp Healing Tree Supervisory Board for this beautiful gift and for your years of dedication to grieving children.

"Craig Davis Family enjoying Agape ProgramMy Family was shocked with the sudden and unexpected loss of my wife and mother of my children. The Agape program was absolutely priceless for myself and my children. Once my children knew horses were involved there was no turning back.

All three of my children ages 11, 10 and 7 were all born in Houston, Texas. Yet, we would all be defined as “city slickers or at the least suburban slickers”. The oldest requested Texas ranch style horse riding birthday parties for at least three in a row. All my children love horses. I know the loss of my wife and the loss of the kid’s mommy made us feel helpless and that we are in control of nothing.

This program empowers the kids to understand the importance of communication, caring for one another, and gain a new appreciation for our new family unit. The group simply illustrates how sharing our feelings and thoughts with each other every day is so much part of the process.

Watching my children jump right in and lean to lead a 1700 lbs. horse, learn to groom and care for a horse as a team was awesome. These task skills were then related to the family loss and how to make our needs known to each other. It was a very concrete message and tangible event for the kids and myself in a time that makes no sense at all. Aiden (11) loves telling about how he learned to harness the horses and lead the horses from their stalls for grooming. He especially enjoyed leading the horses on simple walks and complex obstacles. Avery (9) shares that her favorite part was brushing the horses’ long manes because it helped to get dirt off the pretty horses. Landen (7) shares that he liked learning about the grooming tools and being able to touch the horses and use big circle movements to comb the horse’s body. Memories and healing made possible through the people and amazing horses at Agape."

- Craig Davis

"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