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Children who have lost family

  • Burnsville Hayward, WI  Slayton
    Coon Rapids Minneapolis Stillwater
    East Gull Lake Robbinsdale  Willmar
    Fergus Falls Rochester Willow River 
    Hastings Saint Paul Danbury, WI

    Throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin

    Hearts of Hope Camp, Hearts of Hope Teen Retreat 

    The Minnesota Foundation for Children sponsors camps for children (ages 5-12) and teens (13-18) who have lost someone significant in their lives.
    Where: Locations vary.        
    When: Held twice each year
    Contact: 218-372-8420. Email info@childrensgriefconnection.com. Visit Children's Grief Connection.

    Burnsville

    Grief Support Groups for children and teens

    Youth grief Services offers a 7-week grief support series designed to help youth and teens, ages 4 through 18, grieve the death of a loved one. Parent/adult groups also offered to provide education and support for the caregivers in the children's lives.
    When: Call for dates.
    Where: Burnsville, South Minneapolis
    Cost: No fee
    Contact: Youth Grief Services, 952-892-2111, with questions. Pre-registration is required. Email jsimmon3@fairview.org or visit our website Fairview Youth Grief Services

    Coon Rapids

    Grief support

    Grief support programs help preschoolers to teens deal with losing a loved one. 
    Where:  Mercy Hospital, 4050 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55433
    When: Call for dates.
    Contact: Mercy Hospital Social Services at 763-236-8050 or Jackie Sandusky at 763-442-3020 (this is her cell phone).

    East Gull Lake

    Camp Journey

    A weekend camp for kids ages 7-18.
    Where: Confidence Learning Center, Sylvan Lake, East Gull Lake, MN
    When: in the month of May
    Contact: Jenni at 218-828-2344

    Fergus Falls

    Camp Emily

    Hope, Healing and Happiness for Grieving Kids and Families. 
    Thanks to the generosity of Elaine H. Olson, the Lake Region Hospital Foundation, the Unite Way, Bethlehem Lutheran Church and community supporters, Camp Emily is offered FREE of charge. 
    Where: Lakeland Hospice Office, Fergus Falls, MN
    When: second Saturday in October, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Contact: 218-998-1400 or 888-820-7885

    Hastings

    Rainbows: Guiding Kids through Life's Storms

    Grief support for children, preschool through high school. 
    Where: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Hastings, MN
    When: Call for dates.
    Contact: Jill Skaife at 651-437-4254 or jskaife@seasparish.org

    Hayward, WI

    Camp Kesem Minnesota

    The University of MN sponsors this camp to provide support for children, ages 6-16, affected by a parent's cancer.
    Where: Camp Northstar, Hayward, WI
    When: Call for dates.
    Contact: 608-212-8962 or email minnesota@campkesem.org. For more information www.campkesem.org.

    Minneapolis

    Children's Hospitals in Minneapolis offers comfort and support to children and families in the Children's Hospitals and Clinics system after the death of a sibling or child.
    Where: Children's Hospitals and Clinics – Minneapolis, 2525 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
    When: Call for programs.
    Contact: 612-813-7216

    Pathways, A Health Crisis Resource Center

    This organization offers support groups, classes and complementary therapies for people with life-threatening illness, their families and caregivers.
    Where: Pathways, 3115 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
    When: Call for dates.
    Contact: Call 612-822-9061. Email pathways@pathwaysminneapolis.org. Visit www.pathwaysminneapolis.org.

    Robbinsdale

    Grief Support

    Eight-week Grief Support for Children, Teens, and their Parents offered twice a year to help children and teens grieving the death of a loved one.
    Where: North Memorial Outpatient Center, 3500 France Ave. N., Suite 102/103, Robbinsdale 55419
    When: Call for dates.
    Contact: 763-581-9590, North Memorial Grief Support

    Rochester

    Good Grief Camp through Seasons Hospice

    Good Grief Camp is a day camp for children in grades 2-12.
    Where: Rochester, MN
    When: Call for dates.
    Contact: 507-285-1930 or Seasons Hospice

    Healing Adventures Camp

    Mayo Hospice Program sponsors a free camp for children and teens (ages 5-18 years) who have experienced a loss of a loved one.
    When: offered Spring and Fall
    Cost: Free
    Contact: Amy Spelflug at 507-284-4002

    Saint Paul

    Center for Grief

    The Center's many programs include support groups for Spouse/Partner loss, child loss, suicide survivors, homicide loss. All who have experienced significant loss. Groups also available for LGBT, women's group and sibling loss.
    Where: The Center for Grief, 1133 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
    When: Call for dates.
    Contact: Call 651-641-0177. Email cg@griefloss.org.

    Grief support

    Children's Hospitals in St. Paul offers comfort and support to children and families in the Children's Hospitals and Clinics system after the death of a sibling or child.
    Where: Children's Hospitals and Clinics – St. Paul, 345 N. Smith Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102
    When: Call for programs.
    Contact: 612-813-7216

    Facing Cancer Together (FaCT) - Education & Support Program - Angel Foundation

    Facing Cancer Together (FaCT) is offered free of charge for children and families who have a parent with cancer. FaCT helps families gain understanding, strength, and hope as they journey through the cancer experience together. 
    Where: 708 South Third Street Suite 105E Saint Paul, MN 55108
    When: Call for dates.
    Contact: Janice Haines 612-627-9000. Email FACT@mnangel.org or visit www.MNAngel.org.

    Slayton

    Camp Love's Embrace

    A weekend camp for grieving kids ages 7-14.
    Where: Shetek Lutheran Ministries Camp, Slayton, MN 
    When: once annually in May
    Contact: Whitney at 605-929-1841 or www.camplovesembrace.com

    Stillwater

    Grief support

    Lakeview Hospital sponsors support groups for children (kindergarten to senior high) and families who have lost loved ones.
    Where: Lakeview Hospital, 927 Churchill Street West, Stillwater, MN 55082 
    When: Call for dates.
    Contact: 651-430-4586

    Willmar

    Camp GK Bear

    A weekend camp for grieving kids grades 1-6.
    Where: Rice Grief Center, Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar, MN
    When: annually in the Spring
    Contact: Judie Dunlop at 320-231-4450

    Willow River

    Camp Erin

    Youth Grief Services hosts an annual 3-day camp for children ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one.
    When: July 24-26, 2015
    Where: One Heartland Center, Willow River
    Cost: Free
    Contact: Youth Grief Services, 952-892-2111. Email jsimmon3@fairview.org or visit our website Youth Grief Services

    Danbury, WI

    Faith's Lodge

    Faiths' Lodge is a unique retreat for families who currently have a seriously ill child or have suffered the loss of a child.
    To stay at Faith's Lodge, each couple or family must receive a referral from a member of their healthcare team or faith community, a mental health practitioner, or an approved support organization, such as the Ronald McDonald House.
    When: Call for dates.
    Contact: 715-866-8200 to speak to a staff member