NEWSBRIEF: Enrollment open for free youth grief camp

Experiencing the loss of a family member or close friend is difficult for anyone to endure, especially a child. Enrollment is now open for Camp Erin-Twin Cities, a free weekend-long bereavement camp hosted by Fairview’s Youth Grief Services and Eluna. 

Led by professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin offers youth ages 6 to 17 the opportunity to learn coping skills and connect with others who have experienced a loss. It provides a safe place to share stories and feelings while enjoying campfires, team building games, crafts and an all-camp luminary ceremony in a traditional camp setting. 

“Camp Erin is a special place for children to make meaningful connections with peers who understand what it means to experience the death of someone significant in their lives,” said Katie Eisold, program manager at Fairview Youth Grief Services. “Over the past 11 years at Camp Erin, we’ve touched the lives of more than 700 children and teens.”

There are two sessions offered this summer near the Twin Cities: from June 28 to 30 at One Heartland Center in Willow River and from Sept. 20 to 22 at Camp Ihduhapi in Loretto. For more information or to register, go to or contact Youth Grief Services at 952-892-2111. 

Other financial support for Camp Erin is provided from the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and donors to the Fairview Foundation.

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