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Welcome to Mourning Hope

Mourning Hope is a grief support network for children, teens, young adults and their families who have experienced the serious illness or death of someone special to them. Support groups serve youth in kindergarten through young adults and their families. Mourning Hope is here to help when grieving the death of anyone significant in a child's life -- a parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt or uncle, or close friend. 

Mourning Hope was founded in 1994 and is dedicated to providing emotional support for grieving youth and helping caregivers and the entire community understand the unique needs of grieving youth and families. Mourning Hope is funded by the generosity of our community and does not require payment for any services.

Mourning Hope's name is significant - it's through mourning that we find hope to live, laugh and find joy in life again. Grieving is the hardest work there is.

Memorials to Mourning Hope are a nice way to honor someone's life and at the same time offer support to others who are grieving.

Camp Erin 2016

*Please note that applicaitons for the 2016 camp season closed August 1, 2016.  Because Camp Erin Lincoln has maintained a waiting list for camp each year, we highly suggest you turn in your camp application immediately so your family will be added to the growing waitlist for the 2017 Camp Erin experience.  Thank you!

Camp Erin is a three-day, overnight bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6 through 17 who have experienced the death of someone significant in their life, such as a parent, sibling, family member or friend. The next Camp Erin Lincoln is scheduled for September 23 – 25, 2016 at Carol Joy Holling. Click the image below to learn more.

Upcoming Programs and Events

10 Week Grief Support Group

Register now for our next 10-week family grief support group.  This group is geared towards supporting any youth, ages kindergarten through 18 that has experienced a signficant death in their lives.  Caregivers are required to attend a separate group that runs congruently with youth groups, where adults receive education on how to support a grieving child, as well as grief support themselves.  Participants will take part in 10 weeks of small groups with peers dealing with signifiant death(s) in their lives.  The  support group helps youths process grief experiences through discussion, art, and dramatic play, in a peer group setting.  This group is offered at no cost to families, however, a commitment to participate in the full 10 weeks of group and pre-registration is required.  Groups meet on either  Monday nights from 6:30-8pm beginning September 12 running through November 21 (No group October 17, LPS fall break) or Tuesdays nights from 6:30-8pm, October 18-December 20th. 

Please note that our Monday night group is FULL.  You can still register for Tuesday night groups beginning October 18!

Register Here


Young Adult Group

Mourning Hope offers a 4-week grief support group for Young Adults who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.  This peer-support group will meet Thursday nights, October 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6:30-8pm at the UNL Women’s Center, located on the third floor of the Nebraska Union, Rm 340.   The young adult group will provide an opportunity for bereaved individuals to meet with others struggling with the wide range of emotions experienced following the death of a loved one.

The tone and environment of this group will be informal, safe, non-judgmental, open and accepting.  Pre-registration is required.  Register online or by contacting Mourning Hope at 402-488-8989 or hope@mourninghope.org