Grief Camps & Programs for Children and Teens

Cornerstone of Hope offers workshops and summer bereavement camps for children and teens experiencing loss in Columbus, OH.

Cornerstone of Hope offers workshops and summer bereavement camps for grieving children and teens. Our programs, workshops and grief camps offer children an opportunity to learn about grief and engage with peers who have similar experiences. Campers will participate in age-appropriate grief activities led by professionals, go on field trips, play fun high-energy games and experience challenging activities.

We are so excited to be offering Camp Memory this summer! At Cornerstone of Hope it is our top priority to provide a safe and enriching day camp for your children. With the ongoing concerns of COVID-19, it is important that we share with you the safety precautions we will be taking during camp. Our well-trained staff and volunteers will help keep your campers safe with the following measures: curbside pick-up and drop off, smaller group sizes, scheduled hand-washing breaks, regularly sanitizing spaces and supplies, and providing individually packaged meals and snacks. Please rest assured that, though camp may look a little different this year, the heart of this amazing experience will not change. Our campers will have the opportunity to explore their thoughts and feelings and share their loss experience with their peers in a supportive environment, with lots of time for fun and making friends along the way!


Camp Memory – Columbus, OH

Another summer of HOPE was kicked off with our Camp Memory Day Camp that was held on June 15 – June 17, 2021 for children ages 6-13. Each day the campers enjoyed the great outdoors at the Amberleigh Pavilion. Activities were provided that helped each camper process their grief that was meaningful to them, and time was made for the campers to just have fun and share laughs with each other.

It was a blessing to serve 26 children this year. Many thanks to all the campers, staff, and volunteers for making this such a memorable summer at Camp Memory.

Save the date for 2022 Camp Memory, June 13-16.  $25 Registration Fee


Camp Erin® – Bellville, Ohio

Cornerstone of Hope had the opportunity to offer the first overnight Camp Erin in 2021, which took place August 6-8 at Templed Hills camp in Bellville, OH.  With campers coming from both the Columbus and Cleveland office, as well as a few from out of state, we had 46 campers in attendance. Campers enjoyed a full weekend of getting to know other kids who have lost a loved one through tie-dye, ice breakers, kickball, pool, minute to win it, and more fun activities.

Grief work was also done, with campers completing interventions that allowed them to share about their loved ones, express emotions, and learn about support systems and coping skills. Campers reported a common theme of the comfort of being with others who have also experienced the loss of a loved one, sharing that it was felt that they grew closer than previous years.

Camp Erin could not have been possible without the dedication and support of our 15 volunteers, who effortlessly provided comfort and connection to all of our campers. We are grateful to Eluna Network, for allowing Cornerstone of Hope to continue to offer Camp Erin in an effort to create a world where no grieving person journeys alone.

Save the date for the 2022 Camp Erin experience on August 5 – 7, 2022.
Free to attend.


Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 8 to 17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. 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. Additional services are offered to support the whole family outside of the camp weekend. Through a network of partnerships with bereavement programs in local communities across the US and Canada, Camp Erin brings hope and healing to thousands of children and families annually and is offered at no cost to families. For more information, please visit

All new campers must attend an intake session. No cost to attend.

Please note that attendance at the Save Your Spot Pizza Party is mandatory in order to secure your spot at Camp Erin. Columbus Pizza Party will be held on Thursday, July 28th, 2022 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. At this meeting we will be going over important release forms, medical information, and what you can expect from the camp weekend. Additionally, campers will have the opportunity to meet others who will be at camp, providing them with a familiar face when they attend camp. Please be sure to check your email for additional information.

Camp Erin® Cleveland was created and is supported in part by Eluna*. For more information, please visit

*Eluna is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to support children and families impacted by grief or addiction. Founded in 2000 in Seattle by former MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps Moyer, Eluna was originally called The Moyer Foundation and launched a series of programs supporting thousands of children and families annually at no cost to them. Camp Erin® is the largest national network of grief programs for bereaved children and teens, Camp Mariposa® is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth impacted by a family member’s substance use disorder, and the Eluna Resource Center offers online tools, local referrals and personalized phone and email support for families experiencing grief, addiction and other related issues.  For more information, please visit

Eluna Resource Center – Looking for important grief resources to help a child, friend or family member in your community or nationwide?

We are proud to share the Eluna Resource Center. Its straightforward design makes it easy to search for articles, videos, activities, and referrals to local programs. In addition, Eluna offers free personalized recommendations with a 24-hour turn-around.

Eluna’s COVID-19 Resource is also available.