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Children who have lost family

  • Anoka/Coon Rapids Burnsville Hayward, WI  Slayton
    Burnsville 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 Visit Children's Grief Connection.

    Anoka/Coon Rapids

    Metro North Grief Support Group 

    We have groups for those grieving the loss of a spouse, a child, a parent, sibling or friend and those grieving a loss by suicide, homicide or other trauma.
    When: Mondays, 7-9 p.m. (except major holidays)
    Where: Anoka United Church of Christ, 1923 N Third Ave, Anoka, MN  55303
    Cost: Free  
    Contact: Jackie at 763-442-3020


    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 or visit our website Fairview Youth Grief Services

    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


    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

    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 For more information


    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 Visit


    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


    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 Clinic Hospice invites children and teens (ages 5 to 18) who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life to this one-day camp. Campers will have the opportunity to spend time with other children who have had a similar experience and meet with trained grief facilitators who will encourage discussion on loss, grief, healing, and new beginnings. Campers will be assigned to age-appropriate groups and will participate in a variety of activities, including nature walks, crafts, music, petting zoo, rock wall climbing, and group time. Families are required to participate in a closing activity with the campers from 3–4 p.m. An optional Parent/Guardian Support Session will be offered from 9–10:30 a.m.  
    When: Saturday, September 29, 2018; 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.                       
    Where: Ironwood Springs Ranch, 7291 CR 6 SW, Stewartville, MN 55976
    Cost: Free but registration required by Sept. 14
    Contact: Call Amy Stelpflug at 507-284-4527 or 800-679-9084 or for application forms.

    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

    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 or visit


    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


    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


    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

    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