How do grieving children, teens, and families benefit from attending Camp Erin?

Grieving as a child or teen can be a very lonely experience. Often the child or teen is the only one in their class who has experienced the death of someone close to them. At a time in life when “fitting in” can feel very important, grief can make them feel different and isolated. Camp Erin creates space for grieving children and teens to be with peers who have similar experiences and feelings. This can normalize their own situation—knowing they are not alone can be a big relief for grieving youth.

Camp Erin helps grieving youths to understand that what they are experiencing, though painful, is normal. It helps them to see that they are not alone. Through a variety of activities, rituals, and conversations, grieving children and teens find avenues to express their feelings and to honor and remember the person or people who died.

The activities offered at Camp Erin may be slightly different from year to year. You can expect activities like these:
  • Swimming
  • Arts and crafts
  • Memorial rituals
  • Archery
  • Teen challenge course
  • Music
  • Small group conversations
  • Storytelling
  • Campfires
  • Fishing

A loss affects the whole family and Providence Hospice believes that healing happens in the family. Camp Erin benefits families by involving them in ongoing conversations and events that explore ways to better understand and support one another. Family members, supportive adults, and members of the community can be important allies in a child or teen’s process of healing through grief. 

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