GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - When we lose a loved one it's often difficult to deal with the loss, and it can be even more difficult for children. Nearly 11,000 children will lose a loved one just in Kent and Ottawa counties, now they will have a special place where they can ask questions and talk about what that feels like.
Ele's Place is a children's grief center that opened in Lansing 20 years ago and will soon have a location here in Grand Rapids. Michigan's First Lady, Sue Snyder was in town Tuesday showing her support of the newest location.
Laurie Baumer, the president of Ele's Place, says grief is not one-size-fits-all, and children need to be shown a different kind of compassion.
"They often time keep it bottled up, they don't like to rock the family boat make mom cry or dad cry. So they keep it inside and that's really not a healthy way to deal with grief," says Baumer.
Right now there is still in need for a location. A Christian school has volunteered to host Ele's Place one night a week until a permanent site can be found. They are also in need of volunteers for support groups, planning events among others.
If you'd like to help you can contact them at ElesPlace.org.