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Oct 11, 2017

Stephy’s Place Support Center for Grief and Loss Holds Vigil

By Joanne Colella

Stephy’s Place, a Support Center for Grief and Loss, hosted its second annual vigil on August 30 to recognize National Grief Awareness Day. The vigil, held at Monmouth Beach Club, was an opportunity for people to connect with other people that were grieving and remember loved ones they have lost.

Believing that anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one should not have to navigate the journey alone, Stephy’s Place is a nonprofit organization that offers numerous weekly support groups, meditation classes, and a place of comfort for anyone who suffers from grief and loss. Some of the current groups, all facilitated by experienced moderators, include loss of spouse or partner, loss of parent, loss of child, loss of sibling, and loss to suicide. The meeting space is beautifully decorated, warm, and inviting to make participants more comfortable during the sharing process. They offer both day and evening groups from Tuesday through Thursday, and all services are free of charge.

Stephy’s Place was named after Stephanie Hardman Kaminoff, an area woman who passed away in 2014 from cancer and left behind three children. The facility’s establishment was spearheaded by Sheila Martello, who lost her husband in the tragic events of September 11, along with several others who also lost loved ones that day. They felt fortunate to have a support group and a place to go to share their feelings of loss, and Sheila knew that someday, with the help of others from her own support group, they would provide a place for those grieving. Thus, Stephy’s Place was born.

For information and a complete list of services, dates, times, and more, visit www.stephysplace.org, call (732) 614-1142, email info@stephysplace.org, or follow Stephy’s Place on Facebook. Stephy’s Place is located in The Swede Chevalier Building at 210 West Front Street, Suite 209, in Red Bank. Parking spaces, marked “Stephy’s Place” are available in front of the building, with additional parking along the right side of the building and across the street in the Day’s Funeral Home Family Center lot.