Do you have questions about Michael’s Place?

Here are some commonly asked questions and answers about Michael’s Place. For additional information, please contact us at (231) 947-6453.


What is Michael’s Place?

Michael’s Place is a non-profit organization providing compassionate support and advocacy for grieving children, teens, adults and the community. Our goals are to provide program opportunities to promote healthy healing for individuals and families following the death of a loved one, and to provide grief education and support services to organizations such as schools, businesses and churches.


What do you accomplish at Michael’s Place?

At Michael’s Place, it is our goal to reach out to grieving children, teens, adults and families and provide support and opportunities that promote healthy grieving. We do this through our support groups, educational workshops, school-based grief support programs, community training sessions for professional groups, clergy, first-responders, and much more.


 Does Michael’s Place provide counseling services?

No. We provide peer-based grief support opportunities to grow and heal. Support involves offering information, teaching, practicing and modeling skills, listening, offering feedback rather than advice, and companioning individuals on their grief journey. Support is provided by staff and trained volunteer “peers” who lead grief groups, navigator sessions, and peer-to-peer support opportunities.  Counseling involves a trained professional, who is often licensed, and guides clients through a process towards a breakthrough, either in emotions, insights, or behaviors using empirically supported theories, tools and techniques. If an individual would be better served with counseling services, Michael’s Place will provide a list of referrals.

How can I begin using the services of Michael’s Place?

First, please contact us by calling or emailing us!
(231) 947-6453 or

So that we can get to know you and understand your circumstances we ask that you schedule an initial informational visit with one of our clinical staff to discuss all of our programs and services and determine together, what opportunities would best help you.


What does it cost to use Michael’s Place services?

Thanks to our many generous donors, sponsors and volunteers, Michael’s Place services are offered at no cost to the individuals and families we serve. We are grateful to the organizations, families, and individuals who contribute financial resources, supplies, time, and talent because they believe in the importance and effectiveness of our mission.

How does Michael’s Place help my family and friends through grief?

Unresolved grief can lead to many complicating factors including alcohol and substance use and abuse, academic issues, relationship difficulties, suicidal ideation, depression, and physical health issues. To address these issues for those suffering a loss, Michael’s Place has developed a system of support groups, events, activities, and resources that help to ease a grieving person through the journey of grief. One key to the success of Michael’s Place programs is that the person suffering loss learns that he or she is not alone. With this profound and comforting sense of community, healing can begin.

How can I help a grieving friend?

Because every individual grieves differently, it is important for friends to keep their eyes and ears open for opportunities to ease the mourning process. Simply providing company and the opportunity to discuss a friend’s loss can be very comforting. It is also important to remember that common, every day activities can feel overwhelming to someone suffering a loss, so assisting with chores and errands can be especially helpful. And you can lead your friend to find the support offered by Michael’s Place. We often consult with friends of the bereaved to guide you through each unique situation, and we welcome and encourage friends to join in our weekly support groups to gather tools in the healing process.


Where is Michael’s Place?

The Michael’s Place office and Family Support Center are located in Traverse City, Michigan at 1212 Veterans Drive.  We serve individuals and families throughout northern Michigan.


Why is it called Michael’s Place?

Michael’s Place is named in memory of Michael Dendrinos who died at the age of 14 and was the cousin of our founder, Chris Dennos.


Why does Michael’s Place need donor support?

Michael’s Place is a non-profit organization and provides services to any interested individual, family, and organization at no cost. It is crucial that our grief support services be freely available to anyone regardless of economic status, as death does not discriminate. In order to continue our mission to provide complimentary grief support services, Michael’s Place relies heavily on grants, fundraising events and sponsors, underwriters and financial contributors, in-kind donations, and volunteers. Without this generous support, Michael’s Place would be unable to offer its services on a no-cost basis. Visit our Giving Opportunities page for more information about donor support.


How can I help Michael’s Place?

If you or someone you know has been helped by Michael’s Place, consider returning the favor. No gift of time, talent, or resources is too small to make a difference to us. Visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for more information about volunteer opportunities at Michael’s Place.