grief camps

Chesapeake Life Center helps kids grieve through adventure, art and music.

For those nearing the end of life, the Hospice of the Chesapeake provides an invaluable resource so people can say goodbye with comfort and dignity. For the loved ones left behind the grief that comes with saying goodbye can be overwhelming. It is difficult enough for adults to process their feelings, but when your child is hurting from loss, how do you help them grieve?

Chesapeake Life Center, a division of Hospice of the Chesapeake, offers grief support is available to anyone in our community who is grieving the loss of a loved one, regardless of their relationship to hospice or the type of loss. This summer, the center will offer three different Saturdays of grief programs specifically for children ages 6 to 11 years old. 

  • Adventures in Grief will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 at Terrapin Adventures at Historic Savage Mill. “Grief for kids can be a wild journey, sometimes feeling like a safari or climbing up a mountain. Come and explore this grief adventure, how it looks and feels different for everyone, in a very physical way.”
  • Summer Grief Art Workshop is a creative program designed to help younger children use art to express their feelings, and make their grief visible through arts and crafts. It will be held June 26, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Artsy Partsy, Suite 302 in the Patriot Plaza at 8055 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena.
  • Rhythm and Grieve helps children to express their grief constructively through music and other non-verbal ways. In this workshop kids will make their own instruments as a way to honor their loved ones, creatively express their emotions, and connect with others. July 17, 10a.m.–4 p.m. Watkins Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro.

The cost for each program is $40. This includes snacks, meals, activities and a T-shirt. Scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. 

To ensure a safe environment for participants, space is limited, so register early. Call 888-501-7077 or email [email protected]. Additional resources for families experiencing grief, including programs for children and adults, can be found at

—Joyce Heid

For more summer camps, check out our Summer Camp Directory!