Programs in Massachusetts
Camp Erin Boston
Camp Erin is a free, weekend bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Camp Erin is led by grief support professionals and trained volunteers.
78 Liberty Street
Danvers, MA 01923
Care Dimensions Children's Program offers grief support for children ages 4-18yo in Massachusetts who have experienced the death of someone important. We understand that grief is unique, and that children who are grieving need different types of support at different points throughout their grief journey. At Care Dimensions, we aim to offer a variety of services to support you and your children when you feel you need it most. Services include phone consultations to caregivers and professionals, short-term individual counseling for children, and group/family programming. Our School & Community Outreach Program offers local schools and community programs free consultation, training, and school/center-based grief groups and other creative programming such as parent/caregiver workshops or classroom Read-Alouds. Camp Stepping Stones is our annual one-day family retreat for children and their family's who have experienced a death. Camp Stepping Stones takes place in July in Beverly, Ma.
Center for Hope and Healing*
1324 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA 02301
The Center for Hope & Healing provides free individual and group grief support to children and adults who have lost a loved one. Additionally, our Camp Braveheart program serves children and teens who have experienced a significant loss through therapeutic activities and facilitating connections with others.
The Children's Room: Center for Grieving Children and Teens, Inc. *
1210 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02476
The Children's Room creates safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen, or family has to grieve alone. Our services include peer support groups offered at our Arlington center (for families with children ages 3-18) and in schools and community centers, programs for teens, educational series for parents, monthly arts-based family nights, and private consultations. TCR is also a well-respected site for professional training, offering workshops on-site and in schools, hospitals, medical and community centers, and more. We provide information and referrals to over 700 individuals each year, free of charge, as well as resources and support immediately following a death.
Comfort Zone Camp*
Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit 501(c)3 bereavement organization that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. Our programs are free of charge and include trust building activities and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Comfort Zone’s programs are offered to children ages 7-17, and their families for the family programs, plus we offer young adult programs for 18-25 year old's. In light of the increased need created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Comfort Zone Camp is finding new ways to help grieving children. Through the new Comfort Zone At Home program, campers are able to connect virtually and still have a powerful camp experience from the comfort of their home. Held year-round across the country, our primary locations are California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia (HQ). We also partner with organizations to serve their local or specific communities through our Partnership and Community by Design Programs.
The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children & Teens*
168 Industrial Dr.
Northampton, MA 01060
(p) 413 582 5312 (f) 413 584 9615
The Garden is a family support program that provides a safe place for youth (ages 5-18) and their families to meet others who are also grieving, share and develop a deeper understanding of their grief. The Garden also supports area schools through our School Outreach Program
The Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center*
801 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02119
1st Floor North, Room 1026, Boston, MA 02118
The Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center provides services to children impacted by a significant loss. These services include caregiver-focused consultations, ongoing grief counseling for children and youth, and family bereavement groups.
Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center
4 Elm Street - P.O. Box 345
Kingston, MA 02364
781-585-4221 - 781-936-8068
Mike’s Club – Support Groups for Bereaved Children and their Families
We offer separate groups for kids and parenting adults coping with death related loss. Pizza and drinks provided. This group meets every other Monday during the school year from 6:30-8:00.
Registration is required: Denise Brack, 781-585-4221x2.
34 Deloss Street,
Wayland, MA 01702
Jeff’s Place, serving MetroWest Boston, MA, strives to help bereaved children, teens, and their families maximize their overall wellbeing through a free, peer-support model that facilitates a sense of safety and belonging. Jeff’s Place is committed to be an innovator in evidence-based practice and provide the highest quality services to bereaved families, as well as education and crisis intervention to the communities we serve.
Kids and Grief *
Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice
178 Savin Street
Malden, MA 02155
Services offered: Bereavement support group for children 6-12 who have lost a loved one to death. Meets September through April with parent/caregiver support group meeting at the same time.
MassGeneral Hospital for Children Club STAR*
55 Fruit St
Boston, MA 02114
Club STAR: Sharing Together And Remembering is a bereavement support group for children ages 5-18 grieving the loss of a sibling or parent. The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from October-June from 5:30-7:30pm. A group for parents/caregivers runs concurrently.
Maureen F. Walsh RN, CT**
1221 Main St.
South Weymouth, MA 02190
Rick's Place, Inc.*
35 Post Office Park, Suite 3514
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Rick's Place serves grieving children ages 5-18, and their caregivers, in bi-weekly programs. Facilitators work with grieving children in school-based programs and in library story times throughout Western Massachusetts.
Wediko Children's Services*
72-74 E. Dedham St
Boston MA 02118
Wediko Children's Services offers grief support groups for children, teens, and caregivers though our Living with Loss program. The program serves primarily Boston Public School students but hopes to expand to partners in New York City.
Children's Bereavement Support Group: Family Loss Project
40 School Street
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 653-1609 toll-freeChildren's Friend
20 Cedar Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Cranberry Hospice of CURA VNA
36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 236
Plymouth, MA 02360
Diane Moran, MSW
Director, Grief Education Resources
51 Grove Street
Reading, MA 01867
Certified grief counselor specializing in children and communities guiding them understand end of life issues, and guiding them after a loss - anticipated, sudden or traumatic.
HEART Play: Parmenter VNA & Community Care
266 Cochituate Road
Wayland, MA 01778
Hospice of the North Shore
10 Elm Street
Danvers, MA 01923
The Human Relations Service
11 Chapel Place
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Merrimack Valley Hospice
360 Merrimack Street, Building 9
Lawrence, MA 01843
Program for Grieving Children & Their Families
116 Federal Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
(* NAGC Organizational Member)
(** NAGC Member & Individual Practitioner)