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cggCamp Good Grief

Camp Good Grief is a day camp for children ages 8-17. The experience combines fun and adventurous activities with grief education and emotional support, all facilitated by Hospice of Michigan grief professionals and trained volunteers.

At Camp Good Grief, children will find comfort in the knowledge that there are others who have experienced a similar circumstance and can relate to the way they are feeling. At Camp Good Grief, children have the opportunity to address their feelings, remember their loved ones and create friendships that last long after camp is over.

How does a grieving child benefit from an experience like Camp Good Grief?

  • Grief can be a lonely experience for a child. Camp Good Grief allows a grieving child to be with other children who share the same feelings and learn that they are not alone.
  • The feelings that come with grief can be intense and overwhelming, and some children may question if they
    are “going crazy.” Camp Good Grief helps children understand that the way they are feeling is normal.
  • Grieving children have an opportunity to address their feelings and remember their loved ones. Through a variety of activities including arts and crafts, physical activities, team-building and canoeing, children are encouraged to express their feelings in ways that are constructive and can help them heal.

Camp Good Grief Staff 

Camp Good Grief is staffed by caring and qualified Hospice of Michigan grief professionals and trained volunteers, along with the experienced staff of Camp Newaygo and Camp Ohiyesa, who guide the children through activities at their respective locations.

Hospice of Michigan is pleased to offer Camp Good Grief at two locations in 2017.

West Michigan

In West Michigan, Camp Good Grief will be held Monday, June 16, 2017 at Camp Newaygo. Camp Newaygo sits on 101 acres of beautiful land along a chain of lakes in the Manistee National Forest Region of mid-western Michigan. Their facilities and programs are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) and  licensed by the State of Michigan. The American Camp Association also has a website for parents. Visit them at  for more information of the benefits of the camp experience.

Applications are due May 26, 2017. Space is limited and those interested are encouraged to register as soon as possible. For applications and more information, parents or guardians should call Katie Gedraitis: 231-527-0913. There is no charge for Camp Good Grief. Lunch and a snack are provided at no charge.

Southeastern Michigan

In Southeastern Michigan, Camp Good Grief will be held Friday, August 4, 2017 at YMCA Camp Ohiyesa. Camp Ohiyesa is located in Holly on Fish Lake, and offers a variety of camp activities. Acres of groomed fields and natural woods for play.  Parents can trust that the adventures at Camp Ohiyesa are led by a well-trained camp staff, whose number one focus is their campers.  Visit the YMCA camp website.

Applications are due June 30, 2017. Space is limited and those interested are encouraged to register as soon as possible. For applications and more information, parents or guardians should call Jackie Morris: 313-578-6328. There is no charge for Camp Good Grief. Lunch and a snack are provided at no charge.