Bereavement Camp for Children and Teens

Camp Spero is a place of healing for children, ages 7 to 17.

Based on the Latin phrase, Dum Spiro Spero, “While I breathe, I hope,” Camp Spero campers honor and memorialize their loved ones while making friends with others who are facing similar circumstances. This summer weekend experience helps children increase their feelings of hopefulness, enhance their self-esteem, and learn they are not alone. Hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice, this grief camp is offered free of charge and all grieving children in the community are welcome.


Newcomer (new campers) Camp: July 15-17 

Alumni (returning campers) Camp:  July 29-31 

Pine Valley, CA

For volunteer opportunities, email or call 760.223.7337.

* To ensure the safety and well-being of our campers and volunteers, The Elizabeth Hospice will be adhering to the health precautions established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the County of San Diego.


Camp Spero is made possible by the generous support of individuals and organizations.

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“Sometimes I feel like my friends don’t understand what I’ve been through or what I’m going through. But at Camp Spero everyone understands.” 
– Shayla, age 15

“Camp Spero is a great place to grieve. You learn more coping skills. You have beautiful ceremonies. You do ziplining. It’s just wonderful!”
– Eydie, age 9

For more information about children’s bereavement and our bereavement camp, call 760.223.7337 or email


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