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.

Camp Spero is now at capacity for summer 2024 and we are unable to add more children to the waitlist. Please complete the interest form below for summer 2025.

 Interest form for 2025 | Volunteer Interest Form

For more information, email or call 760.223.7337.

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

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At Camp Spero, children can share their thoughts, feelings and stories as they process their grief. Hear how this summer grief camp helped Sydney during her grief journey.

“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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