Welcome to the HEARTplay website. Our hearts are with you and your children, teens, and young adults during this time.
In the interest of continuing to offer support and connection while prioritizing the health and safety of our participants and staff, we are currently offering HEARTplay groups via video conferencing on Zoom.
Participants can join groups via phone, tablet, or computer and a call in option is available for those who do not have video capability. Please visit “Our Programs” page for group dates and times. If you are new to the HEARTplay program please register here. Contact Jennifer Wiles at 508-309-5107 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.
For resources on supporting yourself and your children/teens during this time, please visit the Eluna Resource Center.
CareGroup Parmenter Home Care & Hospice, Inc. offers services to children, teens, and young adults of all abilities who are coping with the illness or death of a loved one. Licensed Mental Health Counselors and Expressive Arts Therapists work with individuals from age 3 through young adulthood to explore and express the feelings associated with grief and loss. These services are offered FREE of charge and are held in the home, at the hospice residence, and at the CareGroup Parmenter office in Wayland, MA.
HEARTplay℠ is CareGroup Parmenter’s award-winning bereavement program for children, teens, and young adults who have experienced a death during their lifetime. Through conversation, music, movement, visual expression, writing, and story-telling, the participants share their feelings and experiences. This creative process invites new understanding about death and life and an opportunity for our participants to bond with others who are also experiencing a loss. HEARTplay groups are offered free of charge through the generosity of grants and donations. The groups are offered monthly or bi-monthly in Wayland, MA and Newton, MA. Registration is required.
Often those that participate in HEARTplay choose to mentor others. Grieving teens have found meaning by helping the younger participants. Interested Adolescents will receive training and support to become Mentors.
"After I go to HEARTplay I'm full of energy because I got to do something really good." - Teen Mentor
Parent and Caregiver Support
Adults are invited to attend a supportive discussion group during the HEARTplay workshops, facilitated by a hospice social worker or experienced bereavement professional.
"HEARTplay is an extraordinary program that has helped our healing process tremendously." - Parent
"HEARTplay lets you know you're not the only one who had a family member die, and you do really fun stuff there." - participant