Residential grief camps: An initial phenomenological study of staff perspectives

Tiffany B. Brown, Thomas G. Kimball

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Research has focused primarily on the impact of death on family functioning and the stages and tasks of grief, though little attention has been given to grief camps or the experiences of those who work there. This study explored the experiences of staff at a four-day overnight children's grief camp. Eight participants reported their experience of camp in two major categories: connection to others and independence in grief and five themes. Camp provides the opportunity for campers to connect to others while finding their own path to healing. Clinical implications and future research directions are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-91
Number of pages14
JournalQualitative Report
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • Camp staff
  • Children's grief
  • Grief camps
  • Phenomenology
  • Qualitative research


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