Team PV was honored to support Rick’s Place first annual 5K this weekend held at Post Office Park in Wilbraham, MA.
Nearly 150 youth and adults gathered for the event to support local grieving children and their families. Rick’s Place offers a place for youth and their families to be supported as they manage one of life’s most difficult experiences, loss.
Rick Thorpe — a loved husband, father, brother and son — died in Tower Two of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. In his memory, Rick’s Place was opened as a not-for-profit to provide grief support to grieving children and their families.
Rick’s Place supports children, teens (5-18 yrs.) and their families after a loved one has died. Through facilitated peer support groups, Rick’s Place offers grieving children and their caregivers a safe place to remember their loved ones, honor their memories, and avoid the sense of isolation that such a loss can produce.
“At Rick’s Place, we know that grief is a natural expression of love for the person who has died. We do not try to make grief go away, but rather, children and families support one another on the path to healing during one of life’s most difficult experiences. Together, families learn to live on while living without.”
Because of Rick, children throughout our community are getting the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and nurturing place specially designed to help restore balance and life purpose. Learn more: www.ricksplacema.org