Children, Teen & Family

Support for children and teens when an adult family member has cancer

The Gathering Place provides a number of programs and services to support children and teens when a significant adult in their life has a cancer diagnosis. The programs are comprehensive, meeting the needs of children from infancy through adolescence.Through group and individual interventions, children and teens learn to utilize their own personal strengths and abilities. Cancer can cause even the most organized family to struggle. Our Children and Teens Program provides a safety net of stability and opportunity for growth and learning.

We also provide services to families when a child or teen has a cancer diagnosis. Those services include individual support to help children and teens learn how to manage friends, family and medical 'stuff' as well as services to help siblings make sense of what is going on. We provide support to parents and guardians during and after a child or teen's cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Please note registration is required for all of the following programs. To attend one of the following Children, Teen & Family programs in Beachwood please CLICK HERE to email Casey Durkin, in your email please indicate that you are interested in attending a class. To attend one of the following Children, Teen & Family programs in Westlake please CLICK HERE to email Erin Rafter, in your email please indicate that you are interested in attending a class.

KidShop/TeenShop

Workshop for children and teens who have an adult family member with cancer. 

          Themes for Upcoming Programs: 

          October....Coping with Uncertainty: Sleep on It!

          November....Appreciation: You are Worth it to Me!

TGP East: Mondays, October 8, 22, November 12, 26, 6:30-7:30pm

TGP West: Wednesdays, October 3, 17, November 7, 6:30-7:30pm


Bridges Grief Group for Families

For parents, children and teens when there has been a death of an adult loved one from cancer. CLICK HERE to email Bev Soggs, in your email please indicate that you are interested in attending a group.

TGP East: Mondays, October 1, 15, November 5, 19, December 3, 17, 6:30-7:30pm

TGP West: Wednesdays, October 10, 24, November 14, 28, December 12, 6:30-7:30pm


After Good-Bye

A celebration honoring members of The Gathering Place community who have died within the last year. Bring a photo or special memento to share. 

TGP East: Monday, October 4, 6:30-7:30pm (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER)

When  Child or Teen Has Cancer

Support for a child or teen with cancer, their siblings and parents. Contact Casey Durkin, 216.455.1523 or at durkin@touchedbycancer.org.

Fun with Fitness and Food

Learn how nutrition and exercise play important roles for children with cancer and benefit the entire family. 

TGP East: Saturday, December 1, 11:00am-12:30pm (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER)


A Few Friendly Reminders

Our children and teen specialists are available to meet with parents or other family members to discuss concerns about issues with children and teens. Staff are also available to provide one-to-one support for children and teens.

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