September 25, 2017
East End Hospice’s Camp Good Grief
6375 Soundview Ave
East End Hospice’s Camp Good Grief is a bereavement camp for grieving children and teenagers.
Camp is provided free of charge thanks to our generous donors.
August 21-25, 2017
Peconic Dunes Camp
Southold, New York
Camp Good Grief’s Mission
At Camp Good Grief our mission is to bring children and teens who are grieving together in a caring and supportive environment. We want to help kids acquire the language needed to express the confusing feelings associated with grief and bereavement as they begin the ongoing process of integrating their loss into everyday life.
Children often receive the message NOT to talk about the death or their grief. At Camp, we see and feel the children’s relief on the very first day as they realize here they are no different. They see, at Camp, everyone has had someone they care about die and it’s OK to talk about it.
Children express painful emotions in short spurts then run off and distract themselves with friends or play. So it may seem to adults that children are not grieving, but they are. A death causes confusion and shatters a child’s belief in their world as a safe and orderly place. Through the many activities at Camp, we try to reinforce a child’s sense of security and safety.