Ele's Place and Arbor Hospice

Ann Arbor is fortunate to have two organizations available to provide hope and healing for grieving children.  Below are the descriptions/differences between these children’s bereavement programs.

Ele’s Place

Mission Statement:  Ele’s Place is a community based, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to creating awareness of and support for grieving children and their families. Founded in 1991, Ele’s Place provides quality, compassionate programming in the Lansing and Ann Arbor areas, at no cost to families.

  • Peer support group program is designed to provide long-term, weekly support throughout the year.  The average length of participation is nine months, but children ages 3-18 and their parents/guardians may participate as long as they need to do so.
  • Ann Arbor program:  Two nights per week, five children’s groups (10 total) are offered simultaneously, divided by age/developmental level.  Children in each group are no more than two to three years apart in age.  Three to four parent/guardian groups are offered each night, divided by type of loss.  A young adult group (ages 18-25) is also offered one night per week.
  • Ele’s Place also acts as a resource and referral agency for parents, and provides guidance and trainings for schools, medical professionals, funeral homes and others who come in contact with grieving children and want to support them. 

Arbor Hospice

Mission Statement: The mission of Arbor Hospice is to give comfort, assurance and care to families and patients who have life-limiting illnesses, and to educate and nurture others in this care.  Arbor Hospice is an independent, non-profit, community-based organization and has been providing the highest quality hospice and grief support services for adults, children and families since 1984 in Washtenaw County and the surrounding seven counties.  Our comprehensive grief support services continue to be provided free of charge to the community.

  • Art from the Heart Support Group: Facilitated by an art therapist, this group is specifically designed for any child in Kindergarten through 8th grade who is grieving an important person in his or her life. Art from the Heart meets the first and third Saturdays of the month at The Residence of Arbor Hospice from 1 – 3 pm.
  • Memory Book Group: This program is open to adults and children who are interested in organizing photos of loved ones in a fun and creative way to create a memory book.  Materials are provided; participants just need to bring photos.  The Memory Book Group meets the second Saturday of the month, 1:00–3:00 pm at The Residence of Arbor Hospice.
  • Individual Support is provided to children and adults through guidance phone calls or in-person counseling sessions for short-term support, and referrals to other counseling services for long-term needs.
  • Arbor Hospice provides outreach and education materials and programs on grief and loss, in addition to hospice and end of life care issues, to schools, universities, funeral homes, senior living communities, civic and religious organizations, and other non-profit service agencies.
  • Specialty workshops are provided throughout the year to address grieving during the winter holidays, and the loss of a mother or father during the spring holidays.