What is Camp Good Grief?
Camp Good Grief is a 3-day camp experience for children and teens 10 to 16 years old who have had a sibling or parent die. It provides the place and space for children and teens to come together in an atmosphere of love and acceptance.
The first purpose of Camp Good Grief is for children and teens to meet others their own ages who are also learning about and understanding their grief. The second is to run, play, laugh and be themselves--to really have a great time. By meeting others like themselves, they discover that they can share the same feelings and that those feelings are normal and okay. When a child or teen grieves alone, he or she may not realize that the feelings they experience at different times during the grief process are common--they are natural and normal. It is very important to understand that what is happening to them happens to others also. Their pain is understood here and accepted.
Our purpose is to make a difference during one of the most critical times in a child's or teen's life. Childhood grief left to itself can grow to become one of the most destructive adult burdens.
This is a work selected as being a good representation of our goal.
"A child can live through anything so long as he or she is told the truth and is allowed to share with loved ones the natural feelings people have when they are suffering."Eda Le Shan
- Child life assistants
- Child life specialists
- Hospice personnel
- Marriage and family therapists
- Pediatric doctors and nurses
- Social workers
- University students in child and health-related fields
- Youth chaplains and clergy
- Grief activity sessions - feelings wheel, memory boxes, and planting trees--that help the child/teen to understand, cope, and feel their grief
- Camp fire fun - games, roast marshmallows, sing songs, and act out skits
- Art activity - ceramics, arts, and crafts
- Group games - archery, swimming, hiking, canoeing, treasure hunt, etc.
- Ropes course - a cooperative team building experience
- Nondenominational morning prayer and music
Importance of Camp
The camp will provide a relaxed, supportive, open and safe environment for your child or teen to enjoy the typical activities of a summer camp, as well as to have opportunities to work with professionals to share their feelings related to their loss and learn new ways to cope. "Truth, trust and TLC" is our motto.
Sarah expresses what camp did for her. She was sad before camp and she left camp happy.
A camper illustrates how camp helped her understand and express her feelings. The picture shows her brother, Josh, a camp counselor, and herself.
For further information and reservations please contact Loma Linda University Children's Hospital at 1-800-825-KIDS (5437), or you can write to:
Loma Linda University
Camp Good Grief, Room 1801
11234 Anderson St.
Loma Linda, CA 92354
Access the Camp Good Grief Camper application by clicking on one of the links below. The English version can now be submitted online after filling out the requested information. For the Spanish version, type information into all blue fields and print completed application. Be sure to sign on pages 2, 4, 9, 10 and 12. Mail application to Dorothy Brooks in the stamped envelope she had provided you or send to address listed on first page of application.
Download the Camp Good Grief Counselor application by clicking on the below link. Type information into all blue fields and print completed application. Be sure to sign on page 3. Mail application to Dorothy Brooks in the stamped envelope she has provided you or intercampus to the address listed on the first page of application.
Camp Good Grief is sponsored by Loma Linda University Children's Hospital foundation; which is A Seventh-day Adventist institution. We would like to let you know that there is a Christian component to this camp. Our mission at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital is 'to make man whole.' We realize that each of us may have individual religious beliefs that define our spiritual 'wholeness' and we respect each other's diversity and differences.
All costs of transportation, meals, accommodations, and activities of the camp are provided by Loma Linda University Children's Hospital Foundation free of charge.
Various camp/conference centers in the Southern California area. For more information, contact Dorothy Brooks, Camp Good Grief director at 909-558-4073.