The Garden

A Center for Grieving Children and Teens

The Garden provides support to grieving young people ages 5-18, and their families following the death of someone close, including parents, siblings, other family members, or friends. We have an on-site program for the whole family, and support area schools with our outreach program. There are no limits on how, where, or when the death occurred.

Our aim is to give grieving young people a safe place to share, remember and connect with others who are also grieving.

For more information, call us at 413-727-5749.

To learn more about The Garden, contact Shelly Bathe Lenn at The Garden at (413) 727 5749 or email us HERE.
If you’re interested in volunteer opportunities at The Garden, click HERE to download an application.
Follow us on our Facebook page where we are updating our page with information and links for supporting grieving youth and their families.

VIDEO: Shelly and Dr. Jonathan Schwab discuss ways to share a grieving process

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The Garden relies on the generosity of our donors to continue providing services to grieving children and teens.


The Garden is Celebrating 25 Years of Serving the Community!

The Garden is celebrating 25 years of serving the community!

Community members are invited to attend The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens, 25th Anniversary on Friday, June 9, at 5 pm at the Northampton Center for the Arts (33 Hawley Street, Northampton).

There will also be a free art exhibit for Art with Heart, a collaboration between local grieving youth, their caregivers, and area professional artists. Art with Heart, the vision of Shelly Bathe Lenn, the bereavement coordinator at The Garden, paired local grieving youth and caregivers with artists to create art as an expression of grief. Children ages 5 to 18 participated in workshops held in May and October.

Like child`s drawn flowers set. Cute painting spring and summer meadow. Vector pastel chalk background banner.

Additional Resources:

The Dougy Center
The National Center for Grieving Children & Families

10 Ways to Help a Grieving Child
From the National Alliance for Grieving Children

National Poll of Bereaved Children & Teens

Read The Grieving Bill of Rights