Brighter Days Family Grief Center proudly acquired Fairview Health’s Youth Grief Services program in December 2020. This 20+ year proven program served hundreds of youth annually through a quarterly grief series and two annual bereavement camps, Camp Erin®-Twin Cities. We also offer virtual and in-person grief support groups, access to free short-term grief counseling, and family-friendly events that provide connection to others who have experienced a similar loss. We view this connection as one of the most important emotional aspects of our model of care; knowing that there are others who understand can help diminish the level of isolation a grieving child or teen may typically feel.
Our Family Grief Support Series (formerly youth support series) is offered five times per year for families who have experienced the death of a loved one. For youth and young adults ages 4-24, and their parents/caregivers, this series is an evidence-based and trauma-informed program led by our staff and trained volunteers. The first week starts with a beautiful welcoming ceremony for the family and the last week ends with a meaningful closing ceremony, both providing the opportunity for connection and healing. Activities are hands-on and age appropriate, and each week focuses on a specific topic. While the youth and young adults are meeting, parents/caregivers are invited to attend a grief education group or a group specific to their loss.
2022 Dates and Locations
Winter Series ENDED
Spring Series FULL
Summer Series 7/12 – 8/16 Eden Prairie
Fall Series 9/15 – 10/20 Minneapolis
HOLIDAY Mini Series 11/15 – 12/13 (no session 11/22) Virtual
June 18th, 2022 Registration now closed.
September 9th-11th, 2022 Registration opens 7/1/22.
Brighter Days is proud to be a partner of the Eluna Network and will offer Camp Erin®-Twin Cities twice per year. Camp is a recognized, therapeutic method that teaches youth in the medium that is most familiar and comfortable to them—ACTIVITY! Camp activities embed the learning in fun, yet instructive, activities. The unique camp experience creates an atmosphere to facilitate safe expression of grief both physically and emotionally, as well as traditional camp activities. Campers learn that they are not alone in their grief, which fosters a sense of belonging that is often shattered when a parent or sibling dies. Lasting friendships develop out of the camp experience, creating an extended support community.
Whether it is through our partners or one of our special events, we are committed to providing healthy and positive engagement for the children and families of Brighter Days Family Grief Center. Aside from grief support, camps and retreats, we will continue to provide virtual and in-person activities and events to remind children that they are not alone. Keep an eye out for events like Family FUN days, tickets to sporting events, craft making, and holiday themed memorial events. All created with the intention to connect children and families to each other.
Brighter Days provides free support groups and workshops for specific age groups and loss types. We also provide anticipatory support for children who are anticipating the death of a parent, sibling or close family member. Short-term grief counseling is provided at no cost and parent consultations are always encouraged. We want to help you support your grieving child(ren) while ensuring you have support for yourself as well.