Camp Good Grief Helps Michigan Children Turn Grief into Good

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice run their annual Camp Good Grief to help children cope with loss.

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Camp Good Grief, by Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, returns on Saturday, July 31. For the second year in a row, the free and popular one-day retreat for grieving Michigan children will be hosted virtually. The program is scheduled to take place from 11am to 1pm.

Camp Good Grief hosts children ages 8 to 17 who are coping with grief after experiencing the death of a loved one. Children at the camp will have the opportunity to address their feelings and remember their lost loved ones through a range of activities that focus on grief education and emotional support. This includes activities such as arts, crafts, music, and conversation. This will also bring children who are feeling lonely in their experiences together, which will provide comfort to grieving children. 

“It is so important that we continue to check on our children and make sure they’re doing okay,” said Karen Monts, director of grief support services for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. “There’s no question this past year has been extremely tough for everyone. Children cope with grief differently than adults. We want to be there for them as they navigate their journey, so they know they’re not facing grief alone.”

All camp activities will be administered and facilitated by caring and qualified Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice grief professionals and music therapists. Attendees will also have all supplies provided to them free of charge.

Registration for Camp Good Grief is due by Friday, July 16. Families who are interested in participating are encouraged to register as soon as possible through the virtual portal

Before the camp begins, Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice will provide a brief education session for parents or guardians to learn more about the virtual format and what their children can expect during the session.

For more information, visit the Hospice of Michigan website.