“A harbor in a storm for any parent who loses a child.”

“…all in a place that feels like home.”

– Parent participants

“Ever since the day my Dad died, Jeff’s Place was so welcoming to us. Since that day Jeff’s Place has helped me move forward in my life.”

– Child participant

Our gratitude overflows for our volunteer content designer who created this website: John Gardiner!


Program Wrap-Up and Plan

I am truly grateful for the flexibility, compassion, and professionalism of our staff who have been supporting our families virtually – including those on the wait-list – continuously since we closed our in-person programming. We’re wrapping up our groups at the end of this month but are still available as needed. Similarly, thank you to our amazing families whose understanding, patience, and dedication to each other keeps Jeff’s Place a haven of healing and hope!

We wish our graduating Seniors the very best as they enter the next part of their journeys!



Like all kids programs, we are working hard to create safe plans to support our families. We are grateful to our task force, whose members are assisting us with their expertise and experience to determine three potential plans: fully in-person return, fully virtual plan and a hybrid model. Our task force is also utilizing resources within the industry, health data, and guidelines from local, state, and federal governments.

Our gratitude overflows for our interdisciplinary task force members:

Mark Blumenthal– Pediatrician, Pediatric Associates of Wellesley; President of the Medical Staff; Associate Chairman of Pediatrics at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Jeff Coleman– Jeff’s Place board member and Chair of development committee; CFO Boutwell Owens
Marilyn Cowan– School Nurse, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Framingham 
Margot Flionis– Social Worker, Cameron Middle School, Framingham
Jenny Kaplan– Jeff’s Place Founder/CEO
Melissa Kennedy Panto– Jeff’s Place Clinical Director
Susan Patkin- Jeff’s Place participant
Judy Styer– Director of the Department of Health and Wellness, Framingham Public Schools

We anticipate we will determine our plan of action in mid-August, aligned with the timeline of public schools in Mass. Thank you for your patience! We recognize that the unknown is especially difficult for our families who are grieving, and we appreciate your understanding that we’re doing all we can to insure the safest plan that takes into account the physical and emotional well being of everyone.

With warm regards,

Jenny Kaplan, Founder & CEO