I recently learned about two organizations that focus on addressing the special needs of grieving children: Camp Erin & Comfort Zone Camp. With organizations such as these, grieving children can find comfort and encouragement by learning that there are others who understand exactly what they are going through. And best of all – both camps are free for all campers.
Camp Erin is designed for children ages 6-17. With more than 40 locations in 25 states across the country, it is the largest network of bereavement camps in the U.S.
Comfort Zone Camp serves children ages 7-17 with locations in four states: California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia.
Both organizations offer weekend-long sessions that combine traditional camp activities with professional grief education and emotional support. In addition to fun games, arts and crafts, sports, and other activities, children are encouraged to memorialize their loved ones, talk about their loss, and address their feelings. And attendees are provided resources and tools for use after they return home.
If Camp Erin and Comfort Zone Camp do not offer programs in your area, try googling “bereavement camp” or contact local hospice organizations for other camp opportunities.