There are many support organizations, camps, and bereavement centers for children. We have outlined some of the services available to children below.
National Grief Support Organizations
- Coalition to Support Grieving Students is a unique collaboration of the leading professional organizations representing classroom educators and other school professionals who have come together with a common conviction: grieving students need the support and care of the school community.
- Crossroads Kids hosts camps across the country to grieving children and families by providing a safe, therapeutic, and compassionate place where they can begin to learn, heal, and grow on the path toward healing after the death of a loved one.
- The Moyer Foundation provides comfort, hope, and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction.
- National Alliance for Grieving Children promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them.
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network raises the standard of care and improves access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities throughout the United States.
- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation provides support to the families of fallen firefighters who have been honored by the foundation. They offer a Kids Camp and support for young adults.
Child Grief Support
- Kara provides grief support for children, teens, and families through grief counseling, retreats, educational resources and peer support. Kara wants to see people of all ages compassionately supported on their journey through grief so they can move toward renewed hope and meaning.
- Okizu provides peer support, respite, mentoring, and recreational programs to meet the needs of all members of families affected by childhood cancer.
- Judi's House believes that no child should be alone in grief.
- Children's Bereavement Center helps children, young adults, and their families adjust to life after the loss of a loved one within a supportive community of their peers, and to promote healthful grief, healing, and growth.
- Kate's Club empowers children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling.
- Buddy's Place is Pillars' childhood grief program, which offers family-support groups to grieving children, teens, and their families. Buddy’s Place is committed to providing a safe, accepting, and supportive environment where each family can come and express their grief and connect with others in a group setting.
Erin’s House for Grieving Children provides support for children, teens, and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one.
- The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens exists to provide support groups and grief education to grieving children, teens and their families whose lives have been disrupted by death; and to offer professional, community education and training in a grief support model.
- Lost & Found Grief Center provides grief support services, at no charge, in a safe and supportive environment for children, young adults, and their families grieving the death of a loved one.
- Good Grief provides unlimited and free support to children, teens, young adults, and families after the death of a mother, father, sister or brother through peer support programs, education, and advocacy.
- The Alcove offers activity based support groups for children, teens, and adult caregivers who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
- Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss focuses on helping children navigate life's painful losses and creating loving, supportive communities in which children can mourn their losses in healthy ways.
- A Caring Hand, founded in memory of Billy Esposito, meets bereaved children and families wherever they are in their grief and fulfills their needs in a caring and knowledgeable environment through comprehensive programming including counseling, support, research, outreach, consultation and crisis response.
- The Child HELP Partnership mission is to better protect and heal children and caregivers from trauma and its emotional impact.
- SIBSPlace offers a six week support group session for children who have lost a sibling or a parents to a devastating illness.
- Mourning Hope Grief Center companions grieving children, teens, young adults, and their families when someone significant in their lives has a serious illness or has died.
- The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.
- Hands Holding Hearts provides local bereavement support and resources for children and families as they grieve the loss of someone they love.
- Safe Harbor provides ongoing support in a safe place, so that children, teens and young adults grieving the death of a loved one can share their experiences as they move through the healing process.
- The Center for Grieving Children provides support for grieving children and teens with online resources as well as community and center-based groups.
- Bo's Place is a bereavement center offering grief support services to children, ages 3 to 18, and their families who have experienced the death of a child or an adult in their immediate family, as well as programs for grieving adults.
- Children's Bereavement Center of Rio Grande Valley to foster healing for grieving children and youth, their families and the community.
- Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas to foster healing for grieving children and youth, their families and the community.
- Texas Children's Hospital Trauma and Grief Center provides trauma- and bereavement-informed help to youth between the ages of 7 and 17.
- The Sharing Place provides a safe and caring environment for grieving children, teens, and their families to share their feelings while healing themselves.
- Comfort Zone is a bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. The free camps include confidence building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings.
- Wendt Center for Loss and Healing helps children, youth, and adults rebuild their emotional lives after loss, illness, violence, and trauma.
Collegiate Grief Support
- National Students of Actively Moving Forward (AMF) Support Network dedicated to supporting young adults grieving the illness or death of a loved one.
- Camp Erin, sponsored by the Moyer Foundation, hosts nearly four dozen summer camps throughout the country for grieving children.
- Outward Bound for Grieving Teens provides an opportunity for teens to experience specially crafted outdoor wilderness expeditions.
- National Alliance for Grieving Children provides online education, a national data base of children's bereavement programs, and promotes national awareness to enhance public sensitivity to the hardships facing grieving children and teens.
- New York Life Foundation provides online educational resources to help parents and family members support their grieving children.
- Twinless Twins provides a safe and compassionate community for bereaved twins to experience healing and understanding.
- PBS Kids offers online resources and printable tools to help children through the grief process.
- Sesame Street Workshop offers a program, When Families Grieve, to help children dealing with grief and offers parents and caregivers strategies for discussing death with children
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