When Families Grieve

Grief Support Children and AdultsA safe place for families to grieve & heal

When families grieve they face unique challenges helping children understand, cope and heal. Family dynamics can further complicate grief. Plus, if a death is sudden or unexpected, families may have the additional strain of trauma.

Camp Carousel offers fun, recreational activities and structured, creative opportunities to foster sharing and healing. The retreat features small group settings with professional staff and trained volunteers. And, there opportunities for families to spend quality time together.

Therapeutic activities include opportunities to share memories, learn about grief, and learn how others have coped. Parents and guardians can learn more about communicating with and parenting children who are grieving. Also, they can process their own grief in adult-only sessions.

Camp Carousel is a safe place for families to:

  • Tell their story in a safe environment
  • Learn they are not alone
  • Process grief in healthy ways
  • Honor and memorialize loved ones
  • Build a toolbox of coping skills
  • Have fun!

Will you help send families to Camp Carousel?

Families served at Camp Carousel depend on your financial support, gifts of supplies, and volunteer time.

To donate by credit card or echeck today, click the Donate Now button.

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To donate supplies or volunteer, please contact the Camp Director at 913.341.0318 or

To provide grant money or other support to Camp Carousel, call 816.276.2617 or email

grief campWhat is Camp Carousel?

It’s a weekend family camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Camp Carousel is held in a beautiful setting where families can enjoy nature and time together apart from the stresses of everyday life.

Who provides grief support care?

We staff Camp Carousel with professional grief support specialists from Kansas City Hospice and Solace House, as well as trained community volunteers.

Who can attend?

Camp Carousel is open to families with school-aged children, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives.

Kansas City HospiceApplications and More Information

Thanks to generous donations from the community there is no charge to attend Camp Carousel.

Spaces are limited, so apply early!


Camp Carousel is for families with school-aged children who are several months past their loss at the time of camp. Families will be notified about acceptance to Camp following an interview and as space permits. For more information or to receive an application by mail or email call 913.341.0318 or email To download an application visit

2019 Camp Carousel
Heartland Center, Parkville, MO
September 13-15, 2019


Kansas City HospiceSolace House guides children, families and individuals through the difficult time following the death of a significant person in their lives.


Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care is a 501c3 nonprofit organization

The mission of Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care is to bring expert care, peace of mind, comfort, guidance, and hope to people who are affected by life-limiting illness or by grief. And, our vision is that each person in our community is valued from life through death and each family is supported in their grief.

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