Schools and Community Outreach

Peer support groups at schools and community organizations

Inside Out Bags Lory's Place offers outreach programs providing grief support to area schools and community organizations.

Join a peer group at your local school

Lory's Place offers regularly scheduled sessions at the schools listed below. Each session brings children together who are grieving after the death of a family member or friend. Our professional bereavement staff members and trained volunteers facilitate the school group sessions. These peer group sessions are a safe, comfortable place for your child to share feelings, do grief-healing activities and receive the empathy, advice and hope needed for the grief journey.

"Group has helped me by seeing other young adults like myself going through similar situations and hearing how they feel and cope with those feelings. I can talk about feelings that I don't talk about with anyone else."
-School Group Participant


In addition to the peer support groups, Lory's Place also works with area schools during times of community crisis or tragedy. We can assist administrators, counselors and teachers with resources and education programs so they can provide support for grieving students. And we can give age-appropriate educational presentations to help all students understand grief and the healing process.

"I could explain what was going on in my life when I couldn't tell close family in fear they would tell me to get over it"
-School Group High School Participant

If your school does not offer a grief support group and would like more information, please contact us.

Our 2023-2024 Monthly Community School Outreach Programs.

  • Ballard Elem. (Niles)
  • Bangor Middle/High School
  • Baseline Middle (South Haven)
  • Berrien Springs High
  • Berrien Springs Middle
  • Bloomingdale Elem.
  • Boys and Girls Club-Adult/Teen/Youth (Benton Harbor)
  • Brandywine Elementary(Niles)
  • Brandywine Middle/High(Niles)
  • Bridgman Elem.
  • Bridgman High
  • Brown Elem. (St. Joseph)
  • Buchanan Middle
  • Cedar Lane Alt. Education (Niles)
  • Coloma Elem.
  • Coloma Intermediate
  • Countryside Academy Elem.
  • Davis Elem. (Decatur)
  • Eastside Connections (Niles)
  • Eau Claire Elem. Lybrook
  • Eau Claire High
  • Eau Claire Middle
  • EP Clarke Elem. (St. Joseph)
  • FC Reed Middle (Bridgman)
  • Hollywood Elem. (Lakeshore)
  • Howard-Ellis Elem. (Niles)
  • Lincoln Elem. (South Haven)
  • Lincoln Elem. (St. Joseph)
  • Maple Grove Elem. (South Haven)
  • Mars Elem. (Berrien Springs)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Elem.(Benton Harbor)
  • Merritt Elem. (Niles)
  • Moccasin Elem. (Buchanan)
  • New Buffalo Elem.
  • New Buffalo High School
  • New Buffalo Middle School
  • Niles High
  • North Elem. (Watervliet)
  • North Point ISD
  • North Shore Elem. (South Haven)
  • Ottawa Elem. (Buchanan)
  • Paw Paw Elem.
  • Paw Paw Middle
  • Pullman Elem.
  • Ring Lardner Middle (Niles)
  • River Valley Middle
  • Ross Beatty (Cassopolis)
  • Sam Adams Elem. (Cass)
  • South Elem. (Watervliet)
  • South Walnut Elem. (Bangor)
  • St. Joseph High
  • Stewart Elem.
  • Sylvester Elem. (Berrien Springs)
  • Upton Middle
  • Watervliet Middle/High