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While children are meeting in their peer groups, parents, caregivers and guardians meet in adult support groups where they can talk about and share the challenges of raising a child/teen who is grieving.

Rick’s Place educates parents, guardians and caregivers about the unique nature of childhood grief. Did you know that grieving children and teens do not always appear sad? Depending on the youngster’s cognitive developmental stage they will may back and forth between feeling their feelings about the death and playing – being a child. It takes time for youth to fully understand what the death of someone close means in their life. And their caring adults can support young people best when they understand children’s common behavioral changes and responses to the death of a loved one.

“I used to feel like nobody cared. I was lonely. Rick’s Place helped me talk, heal and feel social again.”