3-day, 2-night camp for ages 8 through 13

July 24, 25, 26

Shiloh Park Retreat & Conference Center
1734 South 350 East | Marion, IN 46953

REQUIRED PRE-CAMP MEETING: July 8th from 6:15-8:00 P.M. at Erin’s House

In its 20th year, Camp Good Grief is a weekend peer-support bereavement camp for children ages 8-13 who have experienced the death of a loved one. This camp is offered at no cost to all participants. 

Facilitated by professional and trained volunteer camp leaders, campers attend a 3-day, 2-night camp. The campers participate in a variety of activities including camp fires, rock climbing, games, arts and crafts, and other activities designed to encourage and promote healing. Camp Good Grief assists children in understanding the finality of death, allows them to experience and express the feelings associated with the death of their loved one, and encourages them to continue living in their “new normal.”

Camp Good Grief provides a setting that is safe for children to learn how to adjust in their lives as a result of the death of a loved one. Children have some concentrated time to discover their individual coping skills and to practice new skills as they continue to reinvest into positive lives.  Camp can provide a decreased sense of isolation and the feeling that they are the only person in the world that is experiencing these thoughts and emotions. Children return from camp with improved skills and resources necessary to identify and express their emotions in positive ways, allowing them both respect and dignity in their personal grief journeys.

Camp Good Grief will be held at Shiloh Park Retreat & Conference Center in Marion, IN (Their address is: 1734 South 350 East, Marion, IN 46953). The camp is approximately one south of Fort Wayne.

And as staff and volunteers at Camp, we have been moved, surprised, delighted, tired, achy, but always grateful. We know we have made a difference in lives of the grieving children in our community. We hope that you will join us! 

Your camp application will be complete when:
  • Application completely filled out and submitted.
  • $25 (per camper) deposit received. Deposit will be returned to you at camp check-in.
  • Attendance at REQUIRED pre-camp meeting on
    July 8th from 6:15-8:00 P.M. Pizza will be served.

Please note:

  • Campers may attend Camp Good Grief for 3 years. After 3 years, priority will be given to first-time campers.

  • Registration deadline is July 16th, or when 50 camper spots have been filled.

  • If Camp Good Grief would be your first experience with any Erin's House service, we would love for you to come in for a tour and learn a little more about the mission of Erin's House. 

Questions? Please contact Cindy Maldonado-Schaefer, Director of Operations: or 260.423.2466.

The mission of
Erin's House is to provide support for children, teens, and their families who have experienced a death.



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