Testimonial from Nicole Lanza:

Children: Thomas, age 7, Anita, age 5 with their Dad October, 2020

“Emma’s Place has been an essential part of our journey in grief. It means so much to my kids to be in the company of other children who are feeling the same pain and sadness. It means the world to them to know that there are other children who understand exactly how they feel.  In the meetings, my kids feel supported to express a wide range of emotions, from sadness and worry, to even joy, and playfulness. They are inspired by the age appropriate activities to share feelings and communicate. I have also benefited from the support of Emma’s Place as a parent, who is also grieving. They have given me comfort during this painful time, and offered insight that I am forever grateful for. The lessons that I have learned from them will stay with me always. ” N.L.

Testimonial: ” I couldn’t have made it through this year without Karen’s insight, compassion and guidance. She helped me to feel human again and to rebuild my life (and my children’s lives) after my husband had died. She was so nurturing and creative with my children, they trusted her and loved her and began to thrive again.” P.M.

Testimonial From Fran S. Newman:
“Emma’s Place-Staten Island Grief & Loss Center for Children and Families is absolutely a great place! My granddaughter is Emma and she has made amazing breakthroughs going through her grief and loss process. We needed this on Staten Island! Thanks to all who have been a part of helping Emma and still are helping Emma get through some rough times. I am forever grateful.”

Testimonial from Lorie Honor:
When my brother died, Emma’ s Place was an essential part of my family’s healing and coping. My sons, now 23 and 20 very much remember and reflect on their grief sessions that helped them as young children. You never forget that kind of loving care. After years in a church basement, Emma’s Place has a home at Snug Harbor. I hope you never have a reason to use their services but that you will offer a donation for those in our community who do.” L.H.

Testimonial From Jacquelyn Beniquez (Owner of Lotus Counseling Services) :

“Karen exemplifies the qualities of an effective counselor. She is culturally aware, empathetic, compassionate and encouraging. She encourages her clients through actions while guiding them through their problems. Karen’s style of communication is to establish open, two-way communication using spoken language, nonverbal actions, gestures and body language that give way to providing a therapeutic alliance. I eagerly endorse Karen. She is truly a catalyst for change. “ J.B.