Programs in Pennsylvania

Camp Erin Penn Medicine Hospice
UPENN’s Wissahickon Hospice
150 Monument Road, Suite 300
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
(610) 617-2486                                                                                                                                                                                           
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.

Camp Koala*
PO Box 2106
Kingston, Pennsylvania 18704
Camp Koala offers bereavement camps for children and teens in three locations in Pennsylvania: Carlisle/Greater Harrisburg Area, Union County Area and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Area. In addition to our spring and fall camps, we offer support groups in local hospitals, hospice, communities and schools.

Center for Loss and Bereavement*
3847 Skippack Pike
PO Box 1299
Skippack, PA 19474-1299
(610) 222-4110
The Center for Loss and Bereavement is a trusted, non-profit organization that provides professional counseling, support services, and education for families, individuals, and organizations seeking resilient guidance and connection when confronting loss. Located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, the Center offers a warm and safe atmosphere that allows for the expression and exploration of the grief process. At this time especially, we are bringing important programming to people confronting grief’s challenges in isolation, and we are creatively adapting our programming to reach more people virtually over the course of this pandemic.

Family Lives On*
PO Box 494
Lionville, PA 19353
(610) 458-1690
Family Lives On makes it possible for children and teens, whose mother or father has died, to continue traditions, or family activities, that they used to celebrate with their deceased parent, EVERY year until they turn 18.  Parents embrace the Tradition Program because its family based and truly child focused. Children and teens embrace it because they get to select which tradition they want to continue (and are excited about doing so!). The average child chooses to remain in our program for 7.2 years. Family Lives On serves all children and teens, ages 3-18, regardless of race, gender, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, or cause of parent's death. Services are provided at no cost to the family and available anywhere in the United States.

Circle Camps for Grieving Children*            
5124 Holyrood Rd              
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 491-8151          
Circle Camps provide free overnight camp programs for children who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. Our mission is to offer our campers the adventures and fun of living and playing together at overnight camps, while providing supportive environments in which they can share their grief.

Children's Bereavement Art Group - Gettysburg & Dillsburg

Under The Horizon
2650 Biglerville Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 752-4593

Under The Horizon—Satellite Location
Calvary United Methodist Church (in the Family Center)
203 Mumper Lane
Dillsburg, PA 17019
(717) 752-4593
The Children’s Bereavement Art Group, also known as CBAG, is a Christian ministry program. Founded in 2013 by Under The Horizon, CBAG helps children know that is it okay to be sad. CBAG works with children dealing with numerous types of loss including but not limited to death, divorce, and abandonment. Through faith, encouragement, fellowship, creative expression, and friendship, the program aims to instill hope for the future. Children ages 5 to 15 are welcome to attend, at no cost, at either of our two locations. CBAG does not provide therapy. Registration is required.

Drew Michael Taylor Foundation/Drew's Hope*
7 S. Earl St.
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 532-8922
Drew's Hope is a free seven session grief support program offered each Fall and Spring for children, teens and their families who are grieving the death of a loved one. The Drew Michael Taylor Foundation also provides a variety of adult grief support groups, grief workshops for children, teens and adults, educational presentations and a grief and loss lending library at the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation Center for Grieving Families and throughout our community.

The Healing Patch Children's Grief Program*
20 Sheraton Drive
Altoona, PA 16601   
(800) 445-6262
The Healing Patch...A Center For Loss & Hope provides supportive bereavement services for grieving children & their families in West Central Pennsylvania.  Currently, the following services are offered: 1) peer support family sessions through 2 bereavement Centers located in Cambria & Blair Counties; 2) In-school peer support groups for grieving children; 3) "Grief Education in the Classroom", an educational grief/loss presentation to 8th grade students; 4) Educational presentations/in-services; 5) Lending Library

Susquehanna Health Home Care & Hospice

1100 Grampian Blvd.      
Williamsport, PA 17701 
(570) 320-7691         
Heartworks offers free grief support groups for children & teens (ages 4-18) and their families. Groups meet twice a month September-May. Groups begin with a meal with families all together and then divide into age appropriate groups with parents/caregivers going to their own group.

Hopeful Hearts*
Visiting Nurse Association of Indiana County
850 Hospital Road, Suite 3000
Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701
Hopeful Hearts is a grief support program for children, teens, and their families. The mission of Hopeful Hearts is to improve the lives of grieving children and their families by providing support in a safe and caring environment, where all are welcome, and where families can grow through the healing process.

Highmark Caring Place*
The Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families, provides peer support groups for grieving children. Referral services, adult telephone support, and educational programs and resources for grieving children and families are also provided. In addition, consultation services, educational presentations and resources for schools and other professionals in the community who work with children are provided, all at no charge.
Highmark has four locations in Pennsylvania.  Learn more about Highmark Caring Place in the news.

Highmark Caring Place
620 Stanwix Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(888) 224-4673

Highmark Caring Place
Bayview Office Park, Building 2
510 Cranberry Street
Erie, PA 16507
(866) 212-4673

Highmark Caring Place
3 Walnut Street, Suite 200
Lemoyne, PA 17043
(866) 613-4673

Highmark Caring Place
200 Warrendale Village Drive
Warrendale, PA 15222
(888) 734-4073

Home Nursing Agency*
201 Chestnut Avenue
Altoona, PA 16603-0352
(814) 946-5411

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement*
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

3601 A Street
Philadelphia, PA  19134-1095
(215) 427-4801
The NCSCB aims to promote an appreciation of the role schools can serve to support students, staff and families at times of crisis and loss; enhance the training of individuals in school-related professional education programs in these areas; and to serve as a resource for information, training materials, consultation and technical assistance for school systems, professional training programs, professional organizations, governmental and non-governmental agencies, communities, children's groups and projects in the areas of crisis and loss.

Olivia's House*
Olivia's House offers a variety of no-cost programs and services to meet the many needs of grieving families. These services include but aren't limited to: Pre-death support, peer support programs, WINGS - social support, our lending library, educational support, professional adjunct services, pet loss services and professional trainings.

Olivia's House
830 S George Street
York, PA 17403
(717) 699-1133

Olivia's House
101 Baltimore Street
Hanover, PA 17331
(717) 698-3586

Pathways Center for Grief & Loss*
Hospice & Community Care

4025 Old Harrisburg Pike
Mount Joy, PA 17552
(717) 391-2413
The Pathways Center for Grief & Loss offers the area's most comprehensive programs and services for any individual in the community affected by the serious illness or death of someone significant in their lives. The Center's focus is on education and support and all services are available to anyone in the community, not just hospice family members, and all ages. In addition to bereavement support Pathways Center grief counselors provide education to area businesses, organizations, churches and schools about grief and how to support others who are grieving.

Peter's Place*
336 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA 19087
(610) 687-5150
Peter's Place provides peer support groups for grieving children ages 4-17 and their adult caregivers at our center, bereavement support groups to children in local schools, and post-vention services to school communities who have suffered a death. We also provide continuing education for mental health professionals and school personnel. Peter's Place offers some specialized support groups for bereaved young adults and adults.

Safe Harbor*
Abington-Jefferson Health
2500 Maryland Rd
Willow Grove, PA 19090
(215) 481-5983
Provides peer support groups for children, teens, young adults and their caregivers as well as specialized groups such as Moving Forward, when needed. School outreach program serves area schools in need with in-service training and groups. Also provides a week long bereavement day camp. All free of charge.

Sibling Bereavement Program and Camp Wakchazi*
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 748-1596
Camp Wakchazi is an initiative of the Supportive Care Program at UPMC Children’s Hospital, dedicated to addressing the needs of bereaved siblings. Campers (ages 7-17) are encouraged to make new friends and share their grief experiences while taking time to heal in a safe, supportive environment. Camp Wakchazi connects campers to role models in the form of Peer Counselors ( ages 18-23), who are also bereaved siblings. The Counselor in Training (CIT) program for campers ages 15-17 that would like to take on extra responsibility and work towards being a Peer Counselor is a new feature. Families are supported year round with a quarterly newsletter, family outings in the community, and a bereaved parent virtual support group.

Uplift Center for Grieving Children* (formerly The Center for Grieving Children)
3300 Henry Avenue, Suite 110
Philadelphia, PA 19129
(267) 437-3123
Uplift Center for Grieving Children provides free grief groups to children ages 4-18 in the City of Philadelphia who have experienced the death of a close loved one. These free grief groups are offered in several locations throughout the city as well as in schools. Uplift also provides training on working with grieving children to teachers, counselors, and other professionals.

VITAS Healthcare Bereavement Services*
2009 Mackenzie Way, Suite 110
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
We offer bereavement services that include support groups, one-on-one support, Memory Bear Reunions, Remembrance Services, Staff In-Services on Children and Grief, free printed resources and referrals to grief support in nine countries of Western Pennsylvania.

A Haven
P.O. Box 5231
West Chester, PA 19380

Allegheny General Hospital Center for Traumatic Grief Treatments
4 Allegheny Center, 8th floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 330-4328

Cancer Caring Center
4117 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 622-1212

Camp Chimaqua
Pathways Center for Grief& Loss - Hospice & Community Care

PO Box 4125
Lancaster, PA 17604-4125
Camp Chimaqua is an overnight bereavement camp for children (ages 6-12) held June 9-11, 2017.

Camp Erin Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PA
Host Camp: YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer
CONTACT: Heather Beachler
Good Samaritan Hospice
(724) 933-8888

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia-Bereavement Program
34th & Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
(215) 590-3273

Daddy's Spirit Moves Me Forward
PO Box 80022
Valley Forge, PA 19484
(610) 710-1477

F.I.S.H. (Filling Injured Souls with Hope)
Grace United Methodist Church

420 California Dr.
Coal Center, PA 15423
(724) 330-5350

Holding Hope
Wayne, PA 19087
Holding Hope is a network of professional, skilled psychotherapists offering counseling and consulting services for children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and the community.

Precious Gems Supportive Services
231 South Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038
(888) 526-6958

Safe Harbor Program
2510 Maryland Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090
(215) 481-5983

Sun Home Health Hospice
PO Box 232
61 Duke Street
Northumberland, PA 17857
(570) 286-1596

St. Luke's VNA Hospice
1510 Valley Center Pkwy, Suite 200
Bethlehem, PA 18017
(610) 954-2727

Together Laughing and Crying (TLC)
Camp Dragonfly

Pinnacle Health Hospice
2645 North Third Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 782-2300

Visiting Nurse Association of Indiana County
728 Church Street
P.O. Box 225
Indiana, PA 15701
(724) 349-3888

Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
1740 Walton Road #100
Blue Bell, PA 19422
(610) 260-6020

(* NAGC Organizational Member)