See the Good in Grief

Our mission is to provide a safe environment for grieving children, teens and adults to explore and express their feelings related to the death of a loved one and to learn to thrive in a world without that special person.

Good Grief

We started in 1999 as the first grief camp for children. The needs of our community demanded more, and we expanded into a teen camp, and then the first comprehensive grief center in 2005.

In 2017, we added two more center locations to serve more of our community.

Camp Good Grief

Our Journey

1999

First Camp Good Grief for Children Opens

2001

First Teen Grief Camp Opens

2001

First Camp Hope Opens in New York City

2003

First Adult Grief Camp Opens

2005

First Comprehensive Bereavement Center Opens in the Mid-South

2009

First Camp Mend-A-Heart Opens in Alaska

2010

Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief Opens in Collierville, Tennessee

2016

Partnered with the University of Memphis for a Research Project

2017

Milla's House Opens in Midtown, Memphis

2017

NEA Grief Center Opens in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Impact of Our Grief Programs

Children and Teens say the centers have:

Helped them express themselves and be more open

Improved their psychological symptoms like anxiety

Helped them understand what grief is and made them feel that it’s okay to grieve

Helped them understand and give meaning to their loss

Improved family communication and strengthened their family bonds

Strengthened their desire to help others

Helped themselves and their caregivers move forward together

Many kids noted a positive change in their family and better family communication as a result of coming to the Center

Adults say the centers have:

Helped their children open up and express themselves

Given their kids someone to talk to

Given their children therapy sessions that they really look forward to

 

The services at the centers have:

Helped caregivers understand their own grief

Served as a source of comfort and common support system

Provided a comfortable outlet for emotions

Provided helpful coping skills

Provided helpful parenting skills

Provided unbiased and non-judgmental feedback in a supportive manner

Improved family dynamics and communication (e.g., brought families closer)