Cork’s Place: Does my child need grief support?

How does it work?

How do I begin?

Is there a cost?

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How do I know if my child needs grief support?


Children react to grief in various ways. Some talk about the death of their person openly and often, while others may not talk at all. Short term signs of grief include:

  • Nervousness
  • Nightmares or reoccurring dreams
  • Depression or withdrawal
  • Hyperactivity
  • Expressive anger or uncontrollable rages
  • Inability to concentrate (especially in school)
  • Over dependency on one person
  • Frequent illness

Without help, the effects of unresolved grief may continue for generations turning into chronic depression, difficulty maintaining relationships, eating disorders, substance abuse or an inability to find joy in life.

How does the service work?

Children and teens who come to Cork’s Place are assigned to grief support groups separated by age – 3-6 year olds; 7-10 year olds; 11-13 year olds; 14-17 year olds. Each age group meets twice a month.

When children show up for their group session, they begin in the Group Circle Room. This room is designed for comfort in sharing and provides a place for transitioning into and out of the various activities. After beginning in the Group Circle Room, children are free to explore the other six activity rooms or the playground, always accompanied by an adult facilitator.

In addition to offering support groups for grieving families, Cork’s Place staff members also teach educational classes, provide community presentations and custom-tailored grief resources to the needs of individuals or groups that do not have a child participating in the Cork’s Place program. 

Is there a cost?

At Cork’s Place, we believe no child or family should go through the process of grief alone. Thanks to grants, fundraising events and individual contributions from our generous community, our services are offered to families at no cost.

We do invite families to make a tax-deductible pledge of any amount so that we may continue to offer our services free of charge. To make a charitable donation to Cork’s Place, please visit our Donate Page.

How do I begin service?

The best way is to call us directly at (509) 783-7416 to discuss your exact needs. A Cork’s Place grief specialist will schedule a time to meet with you. This meeting allows us to listen to your needs and provide you with a tour of our unique facility.

We can help you right now. To set up an appointment or for more information, you may also contact us by email.