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Providing Hope and Strength During Times of Grief

Corewell Health Lory’s Place has been an oasis of support since 2004 for those in our community experiencing grief and loss. Our peer support groups create connection and support, providing expert grief healing and education in a safe, comforting atmosphere. Lory's Place programs and services are provided at no charge to all who need them, thanks to the generosity of our community. 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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A Circle of Support

Seeing chairs arranged in a circle communicated to Charles the purpose of support groups at Lory’s Place: everyone will be heard, and everyone’s story matters. “Everybody has an opportunity to present themselves in an equal atmosphere,” Charles said. The practice of sharing and listening in a group helped Charles with his grief journey. “Dealing with grief means being vulnerable,” he said. “As we talk out our specific situations, our well-being comes into focus and calms our souls. Lory’s Place is very helpful in dealing with the biggest loss of our lives.” 

~ Charles Stupar, Lory’s Place participant

In 2023, Camp Lifetimes welcomed 28 children from nine cities across Southwest Michigan. Here, children that are experiencing unimaginable loss, enjoyed a day full of activities including superhero yoga, crafts, and a trip to Power in Motion for an obstacle course. Through it all, they talked, laughed and learned how to share their grief.

“Our goal is that these precious children leave camp understanding the importance of sharing their feelings and taking care of themselves physically and emotionally.”

~ Patty Eversole, Camp Lifetimes facilitator

The Community Grief Alliance was formed in Benton Harbor in 2019 to address the complicated grief needs in a community with health disparities and higher death rates. This program gives people a safe space to share a meal and tell stories about the people in their lives that have died.

“What I love most about being a member of the alliance is how it brings the community together by reassuring individuals that they are not alone during these stages of grief.”

~ Vanessa Williams, Community Grief Alliance Leader

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