When Goodbye Wasn’t an Option
While we can’t change the circumstances, we can acknowledge the challenges sudden grief presents, and do a few things to help get through.
There Is No Right on This Day, Only Right for You.
Mother's Day can be a very hard and complicated day for those who have lost moms. Our amazing volunteer Danny shares his perspective.
Breaking the Bad News
Breaking bad news to your children is a very hard thing to do. Here are some things that might help.
Stigmatized loss can come with feelings of shame, guilt, or anger. Here are some things to remember.
They Can Handle the Truth
No matter the type of loss, we’re here to remind you that honesty is always the best policy, and they CAN handle the truth.
How to Find Purpose After Someone We Love Dies
After someone we love dies, it can feel like we are just wandering aimlessly. Read more about how to find purpose after someone dies.
Four Ways to Honor Someone’s Memory and Keep Their Legacy Alive
Read some ideas on how to honor someone you love after they die.
How Much Is Too Much: Navigating Conversations About Traumatic Death
Telling the truth is always the best choice to foster trust in the relationship and give them the opportunity to grieve the person who died.
What Happens When The Death Anniversary Disappears From The Calendar?
Vivian took an international flight that had more of an impact on her than she imagined.
Grief and Gratitude
We often talk about the ying and yang of grief. It’s the idea that there can be two opposing forces, yet they can exist in balance.
When Does My Kid Need More Help?
It isn’t always easy to see how grief is impacting a child, and they might not have the language to explain how they are struggling.
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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.