To serve people living with childhood grief through bereavement programs, advocacy, community education and outreach.
Our vision is to ensure that no person living with childhood grief feels alone.
Experiencing a loved one's death can be very isolating for children, and their behavior can often times be misinterpreted as something other than an expression of grief. The risks of unaddressed grief include isolation, substance abuse, depression, poor school performance, aggression, and anxiety. Children have the capacity to heal and thrive following the death of someone close IF they have the support of a loving community and the understanding of peers. Brooke’s Place can transform grief into hope and help build resiliency and coping skills in children and their families. We provide a year long program through peer support groups utilizing many volunteers who companion these children through their journey. Founded on the belief that every young person deserves the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and understanding environment, we offer a safe place for children, teens, and their caregivers to interact, hope and heal.
“Grief can be the loneliest place in the world. Even for those who have a close supportive family, when someone you love dies, those around you are trying to hold themselves together as well. As someone in the already confusing stage of young adulthood, my grief journey began in a very lonely place. It set me apart from my peers, from my family, from people who barely knew me. I became “the girl whose sister died.” It was the truth. Death changes everything. But I didn’t know that was ok until I found Brooke’s Place. For the first time I was able to say out loud, “My sister died.” No one in the room turned their eyes away, and no one told me to get past it. At Brooke’s Place I found a place where I did not feel alone. I learned that what I was feeling was ok, that I didn’t have to try to pretend I was fine. I learned through a wonderful caring facilitator that my grief will always be there, because I will always love my sister, but that I can survive my grief.” Participant
Volunteer Facilitators provide a safe and supportive environment for children and adults to grieve the way they need to grieve, listen to and validate the feelings, thoughts, and words that are shared during group night and letting the participants lead through their grief journey. Training is required before a volunteer is placed within the program. But our volunteers say it best...
“Brooke's Place is like a second family and the work that is done every program night is just phenomenal. You have no idea how big of a difference you can make in one child's life or the difference they can make in yours.”
“I feel like Brooke's Place has really identified the core of what grieving kids need, and I love being a part of walking with them through that process.”
“The personal rewards outweigh the time commitment when you walk with others as they process their pain.”
Additional volunteer opportunities are also available and listed on our website.
- Graphic Design
$1,000 | SPONSOR A FAMILY FOR ONE YEAR
Helps provide bereavement activities, food, trained volunteers and the professional staff to assist children and their families through an entire year.
$500 | SPONSOR FACILITATOR TRAINING
Provides volunteers with knowledge and tools to companion children during support group.
$250 | SPONSOR THE BROOKE’S PLACE LIBRARY
Our library provides more than 370 books on healthy ways to cope with grief.
$150 | SPONSOR A MEAL
Each program night begins with a family meal of pizza. Nearly 1,500 pizzas will be consumed this year.
$75 | SUPPORT A CHILD FOR ONE MONTH OF SUPPORT GROUP
Your support of less than $3 a day helps kids learn healthy coping skills.
$50 | SPONSOR GRIEF WORK SUPPLIES FOR ONE NIGHT
Helps provide art, craft and play supplies needed to express young feelings of grief.
50 E. 91st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240
|Phone number||(317) 705-9650|