Grief Resources

Camp Healing Tree

cf26d5ae-9295-4ea8-92c3-5de81d53405aA special weekend camp for grieving children and teens ages 7-17

Do you know a young person who would benefit from a weekend of grief support, encouragement and enjoyable activities? Camp Healing Tree exists to provide an opportunity for young people to share feelings of loss with other campers and caring adult volunteers and to learn that these feelings are normal.

Camp Healing Tree, established in 1995, is a program provided by several local hospice agencies and other community supporters. Grief and bereavement specialists from the sponsoring organizations direct and supervise the camp. The camp utilizes over 100 screened and trained volunteers to provide a safe environment where participants may speak openly about their grief. Campers are matched with an adult, trained buddy who stays with them during the weekend for support and supervision. The camp provides a supportive environment in which to gently teach coping skills and build self-esteem and trust. Although the camp focuses on grief, there are many enjoyable and fun activities for the campers, such as swimming, arts and crafts, games, campfire, sing-a-longs and entertaining shows. While the camp environment is rustic, the cabins are modern and air-conditioned. A registered nurse will be at the camp at all times.

Camp Healing Tree, located on the west side of Indianapolis at Jameson Camp, Inc., begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and concludes with a Memorial Service for the camp participants and their families at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. There is no charge to attend Camp Healing Tree. A $25 per camper/$50 maximum per family registration deposit is collected to reserve attendance and is returned upon check-in. Scholarships are available for families in need.

Due to limited availability, priority will be given to first-time campers this year. Additional bereavement support services for grieving families are available through Brooke’s Place ( or 317-705-9650.)

For more information, or to register a young person for Camp Healing Tree, call 317-705-9650 or visit . Please call soon, as space is limited to the first 70 campers.

Camp Healing Tree 2013 Sponsors include: Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People, Dignity Memorial Funeral Homes, Eagle Creek Publications, Franciscan VNS Hospice, Indiana Funeral Care, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Indiana, and VistaCare Hospice.


Bereavement Support ADULT GROUPS

Weekly for Six Sessions that are Free (Community welcome)

A series of meetings open to any adult who has experienced the death of a loved one.


Please call for more information on times/dates

TO REGISTER: Call Hospice 528-2092

Sessions will meet at St. Francis ESSC 421 N. Emerson Ave. Greenwood, IN 46143

(I 65 to Greenwood exit; West on County Line Rd. Then turn south on Emerson : (Building is on the left, park in front of building facing the windows. A greeter will assist you in entering the locked building.)

A bereavement support group for children, ages 5-12, who have experienced the death of a loved one and an adult group for their family members.

This free support group series will meet at Christ United Methodist Church 8540 U.S. 31 South, Indianapolis, IN 46143

(1 mile north of the Greenwood Park Mall, at U.S. 31 and Stop 12 Road)

Next Group Meets

Please call for more information on times/dates

Registration is required.

To register a child for the entire six week series, Call Hospice (317) 528-2092

Lunchtime Fellowship Group

Meeting every Wednesday 12-1:00pm at Jonathan Byrd’s Cafeteria

(in Greenwood: East of S. Emerson Ave. & Main St.) Meet in the front lobby.

Participants are responsible for purchasing their own meal. No registration or fee required.

For additional Bereavement Support Call Karla Norton or Roberta White at Franciscan VNS Hospice 528-2092 or Toll free 1-800-390-9915