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For children and teens, the act of grieving is very much like a roller coaster ride of emotions -- there tends to be lots of ups and downs and twists and turns . . . and it tends to happen in short spurts.  Camp Good Mourning! carefully programs activities to mimic the grieving process so that we "meet campers where they are," not where we want them to be.

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Fun and games

A weekend full of opportunities to let loose, have fun, and hang out with other kids who are also coping with the death of a loved one.

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Team Building Activities

Children learn and hone the skills that it takes to be part of a successful team . . . respect, communication, support, encouragement, leadership, etc.  Not coincidentally, these very same qualities are also beneficial when experiencing grief.

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Support Groups

The support groups are emotionally-safe, age-appropriate, and confidential where campers have the opportunity to share their grief story, explore their feelings, identify positive and negative coping skills, discuss ways to stay connected to their loved one(s), and just as important, how they can remain connected to their new friends after the camp weekend is over.  The support groups are offered four times over a camp weekend and provide kids with the opportunity to connect with other kids on a deeper level.  It's also a chance for them to talk about stuff that they may, or may not, have had the opportunity -- or feel comfortable -- talking about at home or in school.  Campers also have the opportunity to say nothing at all -- it's THEIR choice.



Who wants S'MORES?!!!  Rebel-Rousing Repeat-After-Me Songs, toasted-gooey marshmallows, and melted milk-chocolate on a crispy graham cracker -- Mmmm! . . . topped off with an opportunity to honor our loved ones.

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Closing Ceremony

Families come together in the magical conclusion of Camp Good Mourning! -- A Camper Showcase where they have an opportunity strut their stuff, show what they've learned, how they've grown, and as always, honor their loved ones followed a walk to and the placement of memory Stones in our Memory Garden.

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