Kids Find Hope and Healing in Nature


Children process grief much differently than adults, so they benefit from specialized support tailored to their needs. Being among other children their age who are coping with similar experiences can help. It provides a sense of normalcy, letting them know they are not alone.  

This summer, trained bereavement specialists from Western Reserve Grief Services are hosting two Together We Can grief support day camps to help children coping with the death of loved ones. The camps are open to the community and are made possible through the generous support of donors.
“In an atmosphere of comfort and trust, the camps offer children a chance to learn about grief and new ways of expressing feelings, and to honor their special person,” said Karen Hatfield, Director of Western Reserve Grief Services. “We start as strangers and leave as friends.”

Riding Through Grief, for ages 8-12, is held in partnership with Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, 16497 Snyder Rd., Chagrin Falls. Equine therapy allows children to explore grief issues, combining horseback riding lessons with un-mounted activities. Scheduled for June 21- 25, 9 a.m. to noon, the cost is $75 per camper. Scholarships are available.

Camp Red Oak, for children 6-13, is located at 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Rd., Kirtland. It combines art, music, play and nature exploration in a beautiful outdoor setting. Activities take place in a safe, supportive environment. The camp takes place Aug. 10-12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

To register or request an information packet, call 216.486.6838. For a comprehensive list of community bereavement resources, visit

We Can Help

Speak with the referral team by contacting us seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Any first visit and admission can be made the first day.

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