Navigating grief is hard. It’s even harder when you are trying to help your kids navigate their grief too. Through our years of working with grieving families, we have created a collection of personal stories, strategies and tools to help.
If you are a caregiver of a grieving child, consider applying for our no-cost summer camp program. Learn more >
Even more resources:
Articles & books to help navigate your grief
Support often extends well beyond the campfire. There are so many great bereavement centers across the nation. Here are just a few check out to provide you and your family support in addition to your ExCamps family.
Check NAGC (National Alliance of Grieving Children) for resources in your area.
More camps doing good work
Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Camp Kesem provides week-long summer camp experiences, completely free of charge, along with year-round programs, at over 100 locations in 40 states, for children ages 6 to 18 who have been impacted by a parent’s cancer.
Circle Camps provides free week-long overnight camp programs for girls who have experienced the death of a parent. Camps take place in West Virginia, New Hampshire and Maine.
Comfort Zone Camps offer 1-4 night camps to children, ages 7-17, and are held year-round across the country.
Camp Erin runs weekend camps around the country designed for children and teens, ages 6-17, who are grieving the loss of someone close to them.
Hearts to Art is a performing arts summer camp in Chicago for young people ages 7-14 who have experienced the death of a parent. Combining the healing power of creative play with small group therapeutic activities, Hearts to Art inspires communication, fosters emotional growth and provides friendship, compassion and community.
More ways to find your support network
The death of a family member can feel isolating, but you don’t have to go through it alone. See below for some incredible partner organizations that can expand your network of support in addition to Experience Camps.
Option B – a place for grief and resilience
Modern Loss – your destination for candid conversation about grief
What’s Your Grief – a website about grief
The Dinner Party – Support, candid conversation and potluck dinners, for 20s+
eCondolence.com – Resource on all things grief. Everything from writing a eulogy to supporting people who are grieving.
Big Brothers Big Sisters – matching kids with caring adults to guide them on a path to success.
Lantern – your end of life and death planning expert and knowledgeable friend.