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Since You’re Gone

The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens

The Garden provides support to grieving young people and their families following the death of someone close, including parents, siblings, other family members or friends. We run programs and host discussion groups geared toward helping young people identify and share their feelings, and to help them begin the healing process. Parents and guardians meet separately for a chance to discuss their own concerns as the family unit navigates the grief journey.

The Garden runs two programs annually at its Northampton location, an 8-week session in the fall and a 10-week session in the spring. In addition, our services are increasingly accessible through area schools via guidance offices and other programmatic or incident-specific counseling efforts within each school or district.

The Garden offers this service free of charge, but it is not a free program to run. We rely 100% on donations from individuals, businesses and a variety of development activities. The Garden has served over 400 families since it was founded in 1998 by Barbara Weiner-Dubeck.

To learn more about The Garden, contact Shelly Lenn at The Garden at (413) 582-5312 or email us HERE.
If you’re interested in volunteer opportunities at The Garden, click HERE to download an application.


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  • Opening Up: A Six-year-old's Journey

    By Jenny Waterman

    When my husband suddenly and unexpectedly passed away at only 38 years old not only was I lost but I had no idea how I could help our 6-year-old daughter, Lilli-Anna, understand and cope with the loss of her daddy. I was so afraid that Lilli-Anna would struggle for the rest of her life to try and understand why this happened and go through school being “different”. I couldn’t bear the thought.

    Read Jenny and Lilli-Anna's Story
  • An Instant Connection

    By Megan Biela

    I came to The Garden by myself when I was 19, a couple of months after my older sister passed away. I wanted a safe environment to explore my grief. I wanted to talk to people who knew what I was going through. I wanted to feel better. I remember doing art projects that helped us explore our feelings about the loss.

    Read Megan's Story
  • My Time in The Garden

    By Danielle Jez

    I came to The Garden because my dad died in a car accident when I was 11 years old. One of my aunt's friends suggested that we try it. (She later became one of my professors who helped me with my senior psychology seminar project on programs for grieving children, inspired by The Garden).

    Read Danielle's Story