Camp Erin

Providence Portland Medical Foundation

Summer camp for grieving children that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities.

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Help children heal after the death of a loved one


The death of a family member, friend or other significant person is a lifelong loss for a child. It can be challenging for parents and other caregivers to know what to do or say and how to help children who are hurting. 

Providence Hospice of Oregon partners with Eluna to offer Camp Erin, a free, weekend-long grief camp for youth ages 6 to 17. Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving. Camp Erin is a safe place for children to deal with emotions they may not understand. 

A moment of fun

The weekend-long experience is filled with all the traditional camp activities. Children can laugh, make good memories and just be kids.

Process grief in a safe space

Children create bonds with other campers who have been through a similar experience. Specially trained counselors provide emotional support and help children create a toolbox of coping strategies. 

Memory quilts

One of the most special camp activities is when children select a handmade memory quilt that they get to take home. Every quilt is different to represent how each person’s grief journey is different.  

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"Camp Erin taught me that I'm not alone in my grief. And that I can always reach out to my friends from camp for help."

13-year-old camper