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Annual Appeal

The power of your donation

Each year Caring Circle and Lory’s Place are privileged to be invited into the lives and stories of our friends and neighbors throughout Southwest Michigan. The families we serve become part of our own extended  family. We are grateful to give our love and care to anyone that needs us, regardless of their ability to pay. This year, we need your financial support to continue providing essential help and local services to our neighbors and friends in need.

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Healing years, and decades, after loss

Catherine holding two of her children.In 1977, at age 24, Catherine West experienced the death of her five-month-old daughter. Her daughter was born with a heart defect and at the time the only option to care for her condition was open heart surgery, which her daughter did not survive. Catherine shared that the loss itself was traumatic, coupled with being young and not having experienced the death of anyone close to her before, it was difficult for her to understand why this could happen.

Eight years ago, Catherine experienced the loss of another child. Her adult son died of an accidental overdose at 33 years old. Years later, Catherine began seeing a therapist who referred her to  Lory’s Place. Catherine shared the following about her journey:

“It’s hard for people to understand the importance of a place like Lory’s Place until they have lost someone close to them. All of us will lose someone we love at some point in our lives and Lory’s Place is there to help survivors work through their grief and foster emotional health not only for the participants, but their families and support networks as well.

Even though you are close with your family and friends, they can’t begin to understand what you are going through. At Lory’s Place, it’s so comforting to know that in the group setting, the feelings and stories you are sharing resonate with your peers.

The grief support from Lory’s Place is like having another family. People don’t always stop and think about how the grief of losing someone can be so destructive and that it has a much bigger effect on your life than you realize. 

You feel so alone when you lose someone, you don’t feel like you are the same as other people. You feel
different than those who haven’t gone through what you have. With the community at Lory’s Place, you know everyone there DOES understand, and they aren’t different, they are just like you. You are not alone.”

The services at Lory’s Place, and the work they do in our community and local schools, is free. This is only made possible through the generosity of people like you. Please consider making a donation today - click here.

Your generosity can make a difference.