Support for Kids

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Local Support
 

Camp Comfort
Camp Comfort is a weekend camp offered twice each summer by Mt. Evans Home Health & Hospice to address the special needs of grieving children ages 6 to 12. Located near Georgetown, CO. Cost is $150. Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need.
How to Contact: To learn more on how to register, call 303-674-6400.

Exempla/Lutheran Medical Center: Dragonfly Program
The Dragonfly Program offers a variety of services and resources to help grieving children and the adults who care for them. The program is designed to bring awareness that grief is a family process and that a loss impacts the entire family system. For children ages 6-12 years.
Address: 2420 West 26th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211
How to Contact: If you know of an elementary-school-aged child who would benefit from grief support, call 303-425-8000.

Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado
Address: 3090 North 12th Street, Unit A, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
How to Contact: For information call 970-245-5377 or email.
Programs Offered:
Camp Good Grief! A weekend summer camp for children and teens entering grades 3 – 9. The goal of Camp Good Grief! is to provide a safe and compassionate environment for children and teens to explore their grief issues with peers and to just have fun! $35 fee. Located in Western Colorado
Itty Bitty Camp A day camp designed for children entering Kindergarten through 2nd grade who have lost a loved one.
Family Support Group The ‘Forget-Me-Not’ grief support group provides support for children and family members. Groups are held for different age groups and utilize journaling, art, music and other activities aimed at helping families adjust to their loss. These groups are sponsored through donations and are free of charge.
Equine Program Led by EAGALA certified staff, the Healing with Horses at Hospice program pairs kids with horses to process the thoughts and feelings associated with grief. The groups are seasonal (Fall, Spring and Summer) and meet once a week for seven consecutive weeks. The final two weeks involves a parent or guardian. The fee is $25 and scholarships are available.
Boomerang Offers continued support for children who have previously attended a grief group. It is also an opportunity for kids who have not attended any programs to “ease into” talking about their loss with other kids. Kids of all ages who have had a loss are invited to attend. Attending this group is free of charge.
Teen Retreat Camp Good Grief! Teen Retreat is a camp especially for high school age teens. The Child/Teen Center’s professional staff guide campers through activities such as art, music, and storytelling, with free time for hiking and fun.

Judi’s House
At Judi’s House, children meet in age appropriate groups (preschool, elementary, middle school, and teens) groups. A mental health professional and trained volunteers facilitate each children’s group, but they do not counsel. Children lead each other in their grief process through peer support.
Address: 1741 Gaylord St., Denver, CO.
How to Contact: To start the process for joining a group, call 720-941-0331 or email to set-up a phone interview. You will learn more about the program and information session, and be sent a Family Application Packet.

Kids Camp run by Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care
Overnight children’s bereavement camp addresses the special needs of grieving children ages 6 to 12. Offers children a safe environment in which they can gain an understanding of grief and loss. Children learn ways to cope with their grief through workshops and activities, building skills that may help them now and throughout their lives. Held at Pueblo Mountain Park in Beulah, CO.
Address: 1207 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, Colorado.
How to Contact: Applications for participants available at the main office (see address above) or call 719-542-0032 for more information.

Pathways Hospice
Circles of Hope: Families Growing Through Grief; Kids, Horses and Healing; Teen Art Studio
Address: 305 Carpenter Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525.
How to Contact: Registration and fees apply. Call 970-663-3500 for more information.

The Denver Hospice: Footprints Children’s Grief Center
Offers individual and family counseling to those dealing with grief following a death.
Address: 501 So. Cherry Street, Suite 700, Denver, CO.
How to Contact: To arrange grief support for your children or to learn how you can be a part of the Footprints Children’s Grief Center, call (303)321-2828.

TRU Community Care
Address: 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026
How to Contact: See contact information under program descriptions.
Programs:
GroupsChildren, teens, and parents/guardians meet at the same time in separate, age-appropriate groups. Teen (ages 12-18) and adult groups are structured for support and education. Children’s (ages 5-11) groups include talking circles and time for expressing grief through the powerful language of play—using art, music, storytelling and games. No charge. 303-604-5300
Camp Erin A weekend camp designed for children and teens who have experienced the death of someone they love. Offered at no charge, this weekend getaway combines all the fun of a traditional camp with bereavement education and emotional support to help kids cope with grief and loss. Camp Erin is for children and teens ages 6–17. It’s being held at Camp Wondervu, just 40 miles west of Denver. To learn more about Camp Erin, call Shelli Worrall at 303-926-4746 or email.
Healing with Horses Through a collaborative arrangement between TRU Community Care and Medicine Horse Ranch, children and teens who are grieving or dealing with chronic and terminal illness and their families learn to express their grief and develop coping strategies. Fee based. Contact or call 303-604-5300 for details about the next session and to register.

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Online Support
 

Children’s Grief Education Association
Pages designed especially for children with art and writing activities. Separate teen pages also available.

Daily Strength
Online support group for teens; must register to participate; no fee.

Hello Grief
A place to share and learn about grief. Excellent articles, forums and online community geared for children.

Kids Aid
Online support groups: kids-to-kids is targeted for kids up to 12 years of age; k2k – teens: targeted for kids 13-18 years of age.

The Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Provides online support communities via live chats (must be 18 years old); brochures, free online subscription to their magazine “We Need Not Walk Alone”.

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