The mission of The Sharing Place is to provide help to grieving children, teens, and their families after they have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. The death of a loved one can have devastating and long lasting effects on the lives of young people. The Sharing Place creates a safe and caring environment with peer interaction and trained volunteers, enabling children and teens to share their feelings with each other in order to heal themselves. The program recognizes the need for each individual to progress through the grief process in his or her own time and manner. This fosters the natural capacity within each individual to restore mental and emotional health. The primary focus of The Sharing Place is to help children, teens, and parents acknowledge and understand the grief process, by overcoming denial and experiencing the feelings of grief. This allows children and teens to reestablish the normal developmental process that is often arrested by grief.