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A weekend retreat for those grieving a loved one

Founded in 1995, Camp Ray of Hope offers individuals and families a place to come together to learn new ways to cope with their loss, to meet others with similar circumstances, to remember special times, to make new friends, and to have fun.

Held annually during the second weekend of September, Camp Ray of Hope is open to families and individuals anywhere in Maine who are grieving the death of a loved one.

What's it like?

Throughout the weekend, children, teens, and their families find support, comfort, and hope through interaction with others in similar circumstances.

In small groups, facilitators guide participants through addressing various grief issues, acknowledging losses, normalizing feelings, and developing strategies to cope with loss.


Each group varies in composition from the activity and subject addressed, such as the type of loss sustained or age of grieving person. This weekend offers time for artistic and athletic expression both individually and as a group, and several relaxation exercises.

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Each year, participants experience an opportunity they may not have in their everyday life: a weekend to practice coping with loss in a space to relax and enjoy themselves in a community that understands their difficulties.

Adults of all ages spend time with other adults in a group setting as well as join the children in some activities.

At camp, Children write stories about their loved one, draw pictures, participate in arts and crafts, and go on nature hikes. They also learn healthy outlets for anger and self-care techniques.

Childcare is available on site for infants and toddlers.

For more information, contact Jillian Roy at 207-873-3615 ext. 11 or

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