Grief and Death

Community Programs and Services

Camp services for children 

Camp STARS (Sharing Together as Real Support)
Hospice Atlanta sponsors Camp Stars. Camp is the third weekend in March for families who have experienced a close personal loss through death. A nurturing, fully-accessible environment is provided for families to meet others in similar situations and learn how to grieve in emotionally healthy ways. Small registration fee required.

Camp Wings
478-953-5161 x133
A bereavement camp for children ages 6 to 16 who have lost a loved one, this camp is designed to help children understand that they are not alone. Children will also participate in many fun camp activities including fishing, sports, arts and crafts, horseback riding, music and singing and group sharing. Campers will create projects that will help them remember their loved ones in a special way.

Camp MAGIK provides a safe, nurturing environment where children can express their grief and begin the healing process. Campers not only get counseling from professionals but also experience real healing from being around other kids who have faced similar losses. Kids also get to be kids and participate in typical camp activities like canoeing, ropes courses, hiking, and more.

Camp Cocoon
678-533-6462 or 800-956-5354
A weekend camp for children ages 5 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Children meet other children who are going through similar experiences and suddenly they feel less isolated and alone. They will have the opportunity to share stories and learn from each other in a fun, safe and caring environment.

Services for children 

The House Next Door
(The Link Counseling Center, Sandy Springs)
The House Next Door provides support groups for children and teens that have experienced a death of a loved one. The House Next Door also offers support groups to children and teens facing other life situations. Groups are open-ended and run for 10 weeks. Groups are led by professional counselors and supported by volunteers.

Kate’s Club
Kate’s Club is a not-for-profit organization that empowers children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. By creating friendships with kids and young adults that share the experience, Kate’s Club guides children through their grief journey in a comfortable, safe and uplifting setting.

Services for parents and children 

Contact: Brenda Johnson
Rainbows provide peer support groups for children, adolescents and adults who are grieving due to death, divorce or painful transition in their family. Georgia sites include metro Atlanta, Macon, Augusta, Savannah, Albany and North and South Georgia.

Rainbows Curricula: elementary children (kindergarten through eighth grade)
Kaleidoscope Curricula: college/adult
Spectrum Curricula: high school children
Prism Curricula: single parents and stepparents

MISS Foundation
The MISS Foundation is a national not-for-profit group which provides online newsletters, stories, supportive information and memorials for anyone grieving the death of an infant or toddler. The Georgia support group meets monthly.

Compassionate Friends
The mission of the Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. Support groups meet throughout Georgia for both siblings (ages 12 or older) and parents.

FOCUS (Families of Children Under Stress)
FOCUS offers one-on-one bereavement support for parents who have lost a child due to disabilities or illness. FOCUS also provides bereavement literature upon request.