Schools and Community Outreach

Peer support groups at schools and community organizations

LP-school-groupsEvery grieving child and adult needs support when a loved one dies — 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. These sessions are open not only to children who attend sessions at Lory's Place, but also to children who cannot come to Lory's Place because of transportation problems, work or schedule conflicts. 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

2019-2020 Community Outreach Programs:

  1. Ballard Elementary(Niles)
  2. Baseline Middle(South Haven)
  3. Benton Harbor Charter Elementary
  4. Benton Harbor Charter Middle
  5. Berrien Springs Middle
  6. Bloomingdale Elementary
  7. Boys and Girls Club Adult
  8. Boys and Girls Club Youth
  9. Boys and Girls Club Teen
  10. Brandywine Elementary(Niles)
  11. Brandywine Middle/High
  12. Bridgman Elementary
  13. Bridgman High
  14. Brown Elementary(St. Joseph)
  15. Buchanan Middle School
  16. Catholic Community Center

    (Benton Harbor)

  17. Coloma Elementary-Upper
  18. Countryside Elementary
  19. Countryside Elementary-Millburg
  20. Countryside High
  21. Covert Elementary
  22. Covert Middle/High
  23. Eastside Academy(Niles)
  24. Eau Claire Elementary
  25. Eau Claire Middle
  26. Eau Claire High
  27. EP Clarke Elementary(St. Joseph)
  28. FC Reed Middle(Bridgman)
  29. Hollywood Elementary (Stevensville)
  30. Howard Elementary(Niles)
  31. Hull(Benton Harbor)
  32. Lawton Elementary
  33. Lawton Middle
  34. Lincoln Elementary(St. Joseph)
  35. Maple Grove Elementary (South Haven)
  36. Moccasin Elementary(Buchanan)
  37. New Buffalo Elementary
  38. New Buffalo High
  39. Niles High
  40. North Elementary(Watervliet)
  41. North Shore Elementary(South Haven)
  42. Ottawa Elementary(Buchanan)
  43. Paw Paw Elementary
  44. Paw Paw Middle
  45. Pullman Elementary
  46. River of Life (Benton Harbor)
  47. River Valley Middle/High
  48. Roosevelt Elementary(Stevensville)
  49. Ross Beatty Middle(Cassopolis)
  50. Ross Beatty High(Cassopolis)
  51. Sam Adams Elementary(Cassopolis)
  52. Sister Lakes Elementary(Dowagiac)
  53. South Elementary(Watervliet)
  54. South Haven High
  55. St. Joseph High
  56. Stewart Elementary
  57. Sylvester Elementary(Berrien Springs)
  58. Upton Middle School(St. Joseph)
  59. Watervliet Middle

If your does not offer a grief support group and you would like us to offer one, please contact us. If you are a teacher and would like additional resources for your classroom, or to arrange a classroom presentation, call (800) 717-3812. We are ready to help you and your children.

If you are a community organization and have questions about a peer support group at your location please give us a call.

Grief Support within our Communities

Lory's Place provides support for organizations and businesses following a tragedy or crisis. We can help if your team is anticipating the death of a colleague or help you work through your grief if a co-worker dies. Our professional bereavement staff or trained facilitators are also available to do educational presentations on grief healing. Contact us to learn more.

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