Child loss support group ‘Ian’s Place’ opens in Clarendon Hills to support other grieving parents

CLARENDON HILLS, Ill. (WLS) – Ian’s Place, a community for parents trying to cope with the loss of a child, opened in Clarendon Hills last week.

Rebecca and Andy Wells lost their son, Ian, on August 1, 2019. Their months, and even year, after their loss were hazy. Because there was no real playbook or roadmap for how to grieve a child, they wanted to create a community to listen and share.

“It’s a community of people who share some of the same experiences, unfortunately, and it’s almost an immediate connection,” Andy said. “It’s a difficult club to be at but unfortunately there is a need and we want to help it be uplifting for those in need and give them a sense of comfort and hope.”

The mission through Ian’s Place is healing through hope, where participants find loving arms and people who understand their journey.

“Some people like to be in big groups. Some people aren’t ready for that,” Rebecca said. “We want people to know there is hope. They will find happiness back in their lives…It’s a journey, but we want to help people along the way.”

If you have experienced this tragic loss in your life or know someone who has, please do not hesitate to contact IansPlace.org.

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Virginia S. Braud