A fun and safe place for grieving children.

2017 Provides New Opportunities for Families Grieving


After years of requests for services for the entire family, Comfort Zone Camp is thrilled to offer expanded Family Programs throughout 2017! Over the past 12 months, new programs were piloted in locations across the country as Family or Holiday Programs, receiving tremendous feedback.


“Meeting others, activities that allow you to say things, think about things, and remember the person … together!” shared one parent in response to what was most meaningful for their family. “You fear they’re going to forget him, what they did together, what he liked, his favorite music, etc. This opened up the dialogue a little bit, and we looked at the art project again a few days later.”


The Family Program provides an opportunity for the entire family, youth, parents, and connected family members, to come together for a half-day, to share with one another about their experiences, learn about grief and their family’s responses, connect with others through shared experiences, and learn how to care for one another – all of which are important building blocks to healthy grieving.  


Individuals grieve in different ways, which means families experience grief from many different lenses.  Oftentimes this can lead to misunderstanding, cause conflicts, and anxiety.  Using Comfort Zone’s traditional activity-based model, the Family Program accomplishes all of this with a comfortable, inviting approach, and even a dose of fun and laughter.


For youth who have participated in programs in the past, it’s a great touch point – especially as time passes and they are faced with additional changes and difficult junctures. It’s a great way to get back into the beloved “bubble” for half a day, as a family unit.


For first time attendees, the Family Program is a great starting point and stepping stone into exploring grief, as well as Comfort Zone. Families attend together, see what it’s like, meet staff and volunteers, as well as meet other families before the kids attend a weekend program overnight – something many children and families struggle with. The “bite-size” Family Program is approachable, doable, and allows the entire family to leave with a shared experience and common platform to continue the conversation at home.


“The best part for new families is the ice breakers. Comfort Zone makes it comfortable right from the start. Getting there can be tough. You’re not sure what you’re walking into. Comfort Zone made it the easiest thing – I talked for one minute with a child in the room about our favorite food – hamburgers – and it was so easy, and fun! I’ve never been a part of something like that,” shared one family.

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