Erin's House provides support for children, teens, and their families who have experienced a death.
All of our services are provided to families at no cost.
About Erin's House
Erin’s House works with families to prevent the impact of unprocessed grief. Research has identified a link between experiencing an unresolved death during childhood with poor school performance, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, anxiety, and an increased risk for suicide. On-site and in conjunction with schools and community organizations, Erin’s House provides a safe environment for those who are grieving to learn and develop coping skills as they build hope for their future. All of our services are provided to families at no cost.
Peer Support Program Nights
Families who have experienced a death are encouraged to enroll in our weekly programs tailored for youth aged 3 to 18. Following an orientation and a facility tour, families are enrolled in Healing Journey, our 10-week program. This program begins in the evening, where families eagerly gather at Erin’s House for pizza before being divided into their respective peer support groups.
• Interactive and filled with age-appropriate activities about their person
• Facilitated by at least two trained volunteers
• A safe and intentional setting that promotes shared feelings and memories
• An inclusive environment divided by developmental age
At the same time, caregivers are encouraged to participate in our adult support group which centers on how they can best support their child who is grieving. When continued grief support is needed after Healing Journey, families have the option to register for Connecting Hope, our 4-week program.
Participation is open to a wider range than solely Erin’s House families.
AGES 14 – 18 • SPRING
While expressing and exploring their emotions, teens develop camaraderie, trust, and leadership with peers around them in this one-day retreat.
Camp Good Grief
AGES 8 – 13 • SUMMER
A two-day summer bereavement camp where children foster connections and relationships while enjoying rock climbing, swimming, outdoor water activities, sports, and crafts.
AGES 3 – 18 AND THEIR FAMILIES • FALL
At this overnight camp, families explore their grief journey while learning to adapt to their ‘new normal’ through outdoor adventures, campfire gatherings, and a memorial ceremony.
School and Community Outreach
This 6-week program brings our peer-support services to the classroom for grades K-12. Each week focuses on a different topic encouraging students to explore their feelings and share memories related to their person who died through interactive activities and crafts.
Designed to be a one-time program, this service is for schools and community organizations that have been impacted by a death.
Provided as an additional grief resource for schools to lend to their youth, these backpacks are filled with age-appropriate books, national resources, and other support materials.
Held at local youth centers for kids and teens who live in the central city zip codes and underserved areas of the Fort Wayne community.
Erin’s House partners with area schools and local organizations to offer a variety of customizable training and resources to educators and professionals who work with children, teens, and families.