November 3-5, 2017 in Hudson, WI
April 6-8, 2018 in McGregor, MN
When a loved one dies, the whole family is affected. Each family member grieves differently. The whole family needs help.
Hearts of Hope Family Grief Camps help families come together to heal. At this weekend-long camp, every member of the family has the opportunity to participate in integrated yet separate programs. Activities are mirrored in each program, providing shared experiences and a common language to use as they continue on their lifelong grief journey after the camp ends. Hearts of Hope Camp serves family members from pre-school through grandparenthood. On-site daycare for birth to age three is provided. Camp staff are comprised of volunteers that have submitted to multiple background checks.
Individually and collectively, family members experience hope and healing by joining together with fellow travelers on the grief journey.
Hearts of Hope Family Grief Camp is available free of charge thanks to the generosity of our supporters. A $150 refundable family deposit is required at registration. Click here to register for Hearts of Hope Family Grief Camp. Space is limited, please do not wait to register. Click here for a list of FAQs.
We are piloting a program specific to the Emerging Adult population (18 to 24 year olds). The EA program is designed to meet the developmental needs of this age group. Emerging adults can now attend our family grief camp in their own age appropriate program or attend as individuals. If attending with family members they can be included in the family registration.
“When death comes, despair is diminished by the strength and togetherness of Family. Death must not be met alone…From the shock and inner-paralysis of the death of one beloved, reality and resolve become the wellsprings of acceptance, healing, and hope…” - Jerry Brown
Since 2001, Children’s Grief Connection has served nearly four thousand grieving family members and tens of thousands of community members in Minnesota, Wisconsin and neighboring states.
As a companion to a family in grief, you may be a funeral director, friend, neighbor, extended family member, teacher, school social worker, therapist, grief counselor, nurse or religious leader. Our staff will provide resources and programs that will be helpful to the children and families you care about… we are just a phone call away.
As a grief companion you can help grieving children and families by spreading awareness of Children’s Grief Connection programs and services. We welcome volunteers for our weekend camps, or as participants in our annual fundraising events, including our largest event, The Frunge.
"I felt helpless until I found your program. My daughter and her family were so sad, and didn’t know where to turn.”
– Grieving Grandmother
When grief touches a community, a school, or a business, Children’s Grief Connection can help. In consultation with our staff of grief experts, we provide your grieving community with programs, resources, consultation, training, or education.
Our Community Grief Connection program began when a rural community suffered the tragic loss of four of its young students. Children’s Grief Connection provided extensive counsel and programming to assist the school, the staff, and the entire community as they struggled with their tremendous loss.
Our staff and volunteers are skilled in listening to the needs of grieving people. With backgrounds in grief counseling, funeral service, nursing, education, chaplaincy, and first response, our staff will provide the tools your community needs when tragedy strikes. We will help you respond to your crisis, assist you with advice and counsel, and offer programs and education for your community to develop a better understanding of grief’s impact.
All of our programming is facilitated by our Executive Director, Coral Popowitz. Coral has an extensive educational and professional background with grief and grief support and most importantly, a true passion for grieving children.
"The help and assistance we received before the anniversary was amazing. And the program we planned together for that day was beyond our expectations. We can’t thank Children’s Grief Connection enough.”
– Lakeview School District Planning Member