The death of a loved one can be an overwhelming experience for anyone. But for a child, whose world is defined by their connection to only a handful of people, the death of someone they love can be particularly isolating, confusing and life altering.

Although grief is universal, not everyone has the same access to resources that can help them through the bereavement process. On Sept. 9, Fairview’s Youth Grief Services, in collaboration with Stairstep Foundation and His Works United, is offering a new program tool to help—Camp Lift. This free day long bereavement camp offers a lifeline of hope for children and teens coping with the death of a loved one.

“So often, our kids have to work through their grief alone.” says Akmed Khalifa, Fairview Youth Grief Services camp coordinator. “Bringing Camp Lift to North Minneapolis is an important step to help children and adults find a safe and nurturing place to turn to after the loss of a family member or close friend.”

The free one-day camp supports children and the adults who love them  as they cope with devastating loss. Fairview’s Youth Grief Services, a free community program of Fairview Health Services, has served more than 1200 children, teens and adults since 2012.

A light breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided. Free bus transportation is available from Zion Baptist Church in North Minneapolis. To register, visit: www.fairview.org/youthgrief