Monday, March 8, 2010

Peter's Place...

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A few weeks ago our family was able to hook up with an amazing nonprofit organization called Peter's Place -- a Center for Grieving Children and Families. This place is right up our alley. The first time we went for our intake I was drawn in by to bright colors and cool designs.


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The center is set up so that children can be in groups together with peers dealing with a similar loss. Madison is in a group of young children all who have loss siblings. Their play area is equipped with all kinds of toys which are great avenues for expressing their grief. They even have a sand box with little wooden caskets -- which some may find disturbing, but it is a great way for children to play out the death of a sibling.  Afterall caskets, cremation, graves and funerals are a huge part of their lives and our kids need to know that's ok.

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At the same time Madison has group Adam and I are able to sit with other families and talk. Our first group was eye opening -- I never thought I'd been there hearing about others children's deaths and understanding the deep hurt. It was a great oppertunity to just sit and listen and to feel a sense of community -- even if it's a community we never wanted to belong to.



5 comments:

britta said...

That is cool about the casket in the sand box thing. I think too many kids and adults don't know how to let themselves grieve or how to talk about death. I think a lot of people are afraid to talk about death.

It is great that you found this place!!!

Phyllis said...

That is awesome! I'm sure it is surreal sitting there in the parent group but I am glad you found such a great place for your family.

The Sutherlands said...

She is such a cutie! I think that is such a great thing- groups make you feel like you aren't alone... as a nurse I think that is the best care you can give yourself! The caregivers, including the little siblings, need so much TLC, and I think you are doing a fabulous job!

Anonymous said...

I've heard they have a really nice overnight camp program for siblings at Camp Victory outside of Millville. I am not sure on the age of siblings they accept but it might be something neat for Madi. I know they each have some one with them (a volunteer who has had training for this camp) for the time they are there. The camp is nice. We use the facility for our autism camp in the summer. I am glad you have found a support group of those who truly understand.

Evy

Mark Lopa said...

That's really special. It must be nice and comforting to be among people who can relate to what your family has been through. This group sounds like a blessing. :)