Hospice of Michigan’s Camp Good Grief Offers Kids Free Grief Support and Education

Registration is now open for all three free one-day camps


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (May 11, 2023) – Hospice of Michigan invites Michigan residents to register for Camp Good Grief, a free grief support program designed for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The camp is open to any child ages 8-17 dealing with grief, regardless of whether their loved one received care from Hospice of Michigan. There are three opportunities to attend a Camp Good Grief this year:

  • Camp Newaygo, located at 5333 S Centerline Road in Newaygo, Michigan
    • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 12
    • Applications open through Wednesday, May 31.
    • For more information contact Karen Monts at kmonts@hom.org or 313-578-6326.
  • YMCA Camp Ohiyesa, located at 7300 Hickory Ridge Road in Holly, Michigan
    • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 28
    • Applications open through Friday, June 30.
    • For more information contact Jackie Morris at jmorris@hom.org or 313-578-6328.
  • YMCA Camp Timbers, located at 3269 Horseshoe Lake Road in West Branch, Michigan
    • 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 18
    • Applications open through Friday, July 21.
    • For more information contact Alexandra Irwin at airwin@hom.org or 989-358-4295.

“Hospice of Michigan is committed to serving kids across the state by providing professional grief services and the opportunity to connect with peers who have gone through similar experiences,” said Karen Monts, grief support services director for Hospice of Michigan. “Children deal with grief much differently than adults, meaning the support, education and guidance offered at Camp Good Grief is critical for children struggling with the emotional toll of losing a loved one.”

Camp Good Grief is a day-long program that provides grief support, emotional comfort and enjoyable activities for children. The camp is free of charge and is run by qualified grief professionals and trained volunteers from Hospice of Michigan and partner organization, Arbor Hospice. The program includes a variety of recreational activities, such as arts & crafts, music therapy, pet therapy and camp related team-building games, that are designed to provide fun and adventure for the participants. Campers will have the opportunity to express their emotions, remember their loved ones and establish lasting friendships.

Campers will have the opportunity to explore and play on acres of groomed fields and natural woods, and parents can trust the adventures are led by well-trained staff whose primary focus is their campers.

Lunch and a snack are included.

Space is limited and early registration is highly encouraged for all three camps. To register, visit hom.org/grief-journey-program/#camp.