Helping Families Cope with Cancer
The Gathering Place is here to help you and your children and teens cope with the impact of cancer in your family. Our free programs and services are provided in Beachwood and Westlake and help families cope with the emotional, social, spiritual and physical impact of cancer.
For more information and to connect with Casey Durkin, Director of Children and Family Programming email or call 216.455.1523.
"For me and my family, TGP started off as a support system but over the course of our journey it became much more. From the moment we walked through the front doors we felt welcomed. TGP staff did an amazing job of helping me through my chaos. But even more importantly was what they provided my children - normalcy and support. Through TGP, we found community and support. I don't know how may family and I could have made our journey without TGP."
- Mother of 3, Cancer Survivor
At The Gathering Place we recognize that when a parent, grandparent or other significant adult in a child or teen's life is diagnosed with cancer it can profoundly impact the family's coping. Our staff, specially trained to work with children, teens and families, are here to provide support through this challenging time. Our programs help children, teens and families enhance current coping skills and build new ones, strengthen communication and build resilience.
Programs at The Gathering Place combine art, discussion, play and fun.
KidShop/TeenShop - a workshop offered twice a month for children and teens who have an adult family member with cancer
One-on-One Support - an opportunity for an adult to talk one-on-one with a staff member to address concerns around how a child or teen is coping with a cancer diagnosis in the family
Support for a Child or Teen With Cancer - monthly programs provided to support children and teens with cancer and their family members, including siblings
Bridges Grief Group for Families - offered twice a month for parents, children and teens when an adult loved one has died from cancer