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community by design programs

Bring Comfort Zone to Your Community

Comfort Zone is the nation’s largest bereavement camp, having served more than 11,000 campers since our inception in 1999. Comfort Zone also works with partners across the nation to bring expert grief support to their specific communities. We call these programs Community by Design, as each program is customized based on the need. 


Comfort Zone's Community by Design programs include: 

  • A Little Hope
    A three-day program and Family Program for children and young adults who have experienced a parent, sibling, or guardian death by suicide, as well as a joint program for parents and guardians. 
  • National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 
    A three-day camp program for children who have had a parent, sibling, or guardian die in the line of duty and has been honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland
  • Mark Wandall Foundation
    A three-day program for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or guardian in Florida
  • Military Special Operations 
    A continuum of care for children who have had a father or guardian die while in combat, in training, or of natural causes while they were actively serving the United States in Special Operations.
  • United Methodist Family Services 
    A three-day program for children who have experienced grief due to being in the foster care system and participate in services provided through United Methodist Family Services.
  • Hospice by the Bay
    A three-day program for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, guardian, relative, or close friend who was a member of the Hospice by the Bay community.
  • OneLegacy
    A three-day program for children who have experienced the death of a significant person who was an organ, eye, or tissue donor.


Partnership programs are designed to:

  • Identify and customize programs based on the cultural and bereavement practices and needs of the community.
  • Offer 1:1 mentorship and psycho-educational peer support groups to provide campers with uninterrupted and unconditional support throughout the entire program. Programs are facilitated by clinical therapists with an expertise in trauma and bereavement. A fun and dynamic environment is designed to engage each child and provide the opportunity to share their grief experience and to receive support and validation from a community of committed resources and peers. Comfort Zone operates from the perspective of “challenge by choice,” a best practice for children impacted by trauma and/or loss. Each child is able to personally own the pace and medium for which they share their experience with the community. 
  • Engage and build competence in the surrounding community on the topic of bereavement, with a specific focus on childhood bereavement.
  • Collaborate with schools, agencies, organizations, and other community resources to ensure a continum of care for the children and families served.


If you are interested in learning more about Comfort Zone's Community by Design programs, click here for our recent press release or email Director of Strategic Partnerships, Abby Moncrief at [email protected]

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