At some point in our lives we will all experience the loss of a loved one. The death of someone close to us is painful, and as adults we’ve grown to understand and accept that death is a part of life. But as children, experiencing loss is much harder to comprehend.
Children grieve in a different way compared to adults, and quite often, they grieve alone. Thankfully, there is a place for children to grieve and heal where they are not alone, and it’s called Ele’s Place.
Ele’s Place was founded in 1991 by grieving parents, Betsy and Woody Stover. After the death of their 11 month old daughter, Ele, the Stovers noticed their three children, ages 3-7, were also grieving the death of their sister, but in a different way.
Peer Support for Grieving Children
After some extensive research of other children’s grief centers across the country, they determined that peer support was what their grieving children needed. They found that peer support was the best way for kids and teens who had also experienced loss needed to learn how to cope with their feelings of grief, sadness, and anger.
Some 30 years later and Ele’s Place now serves four communities and seeks to serve even more grieving children and their families as they continue their mission further. And that mission is simple: to ensure no child in Michigan grieves alone.
We at Crate of Good are proud to have worked with Ele’s Place during our first quarter of business and feel humbled to have been able to help support their mission. If you’d like to learn more about Ele’s Place and find out how you can help, click here.
TRY THIS AT HOME
If you know someone who has lost a loved one, reach out to them and ask how they are doing TODAY. Even if it has been a while, we truly never forget the ones we love. Though it may be hard to ask about, it will likely bring a smile to someone knowing you are there for them.