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J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2013;9(1):43-57. doi: 10.1080/15524256.2013.758927.

Are children's grief camps effective?

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School of Social Work, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington 99004-2479, USA.


Bereavement camps are one form of popular grief intervention for children. A review of the existing literature on child bereavement camps was conducted to examine effectiveness of these camps. An initial database search led to 187 entries. Selection criteria employed resulted in a total of eight studies for an in-depth examination. While camps had differences in their lengths, camper acceptance, restrictions, and theoretical frameworks used; many shared similar camp goals and objectives, activities, and outcome measures. Emerging evidence shows camps are promising venues to help bereaved children develop and build resilience in dealing with loss.

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