Camp Erin – Dallas/Fort Worth

Christian Works for Children

Pottsboro Texoma Youth Camp (972)

960-99816320 LBJ Freeway, Suite

126 Dallas, TX 75240



Camp Courage ​Abilene

(325) 677-8516

P.O. Box 1922 Abilene, TX 79604



Camp Conquer ​Anna

417 Oakbend, Suite 170

Lewisville, TX 75067



Camp Brave Heart ​Austin

(512) 342-4700

4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100

Austin, TX 78759



Kids Camp ​Bryan

(979) 821-2266

502 West 26th Street

Bryan, TX 77803



Camp Sol ​Dallas ​

(214) 442-1664

2904 Floyd Street, Suite D3

Dallas, TX 75204



SKY Camps ​Happy ​

(806) 488-2268

37201 FM 1721

Happy, TX 79042 ​

Camp Agape ​Marble Falls

(830) 385-8916

P.O. Box 1484

Marble Falls, TX 78654



Camp Courageous ​New Braunfels ​

(830) 625-7500

611 North Walnut Avenue

New Braunfels, TX 78130



Camp Heartsong ​San Marcos ​

(512) 754-6159

1301 Wonder World Drive

San Marcos, TX 78666



Camp Dragonfly Sherman ​

(903) 868-9315

505 West Center Street

Sherman, TX 75090



Camp Metamorphosis (MET) Tomball ​

(832) 623-9966

109 Holderrieth Blvd

Tomball, TX 77375



Camp Grin Again ​Wichita Falls ​

(940) 691-0982

4909 Johnson Road

Wichita Falls, TX 76310



Camp El Tesoro de la Vida ​Fort Worth ​

(817) 831-2111

2700 Meacham Blvd

Fort Worth, TX 76137


Books for Children

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst is a comforting story about two siblings who learn that everyone has an invisible string connecting them to everyone they love — anywhere, anytime — through separation, anger, and even death. “Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love.”


Ida, Always by Caron Levis shares the beautiful story of two city zoo polar bears, Gus and Ida, and their feelings when Ida becomes sick with an illness that cannot be healed and later dies. It beautifully explores the turbulent range of emotions felt when a loved one becomes terminally ill, with a focus on making the most of the time we have left with sick loved ones. This is one of the most poignant books about love and loss I have read.


I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Pat Thomas explains what we know about death and grief in a simple, factual manner. It outlines reasons why people die, introduces what a funeral is, and explores the difficult feelings and emotions of saying goodbye and missing someone very much.


The Scar by Charlotte Moundic. When the boy in this story wakes to find that his mother has died, he is overwhelmed with sadness, anger, and fear that he will forget her. He shuts all the windows to keep in his mother’s familiar smell and scratches open the cut on his knee to remember her comforting voice. He doesn’t know how to speak to his dad anymore, and when Grandma visits and throws open the windows, it’s more than the boy can take – until his grandmother shows him another way to feel that his mom’s love is near. With tenderness, touches of humor, and unflinching emotional truth, Charlotte Moundlic captures the loneliness of grief through the eyes of a child, rendered with sympathy and charm in Olivier Tallec’s expressive illustrations.


I’ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm explores the love between humans and their pets through the story shared by a young narrator about his dog, Elfie, and their life together. The book shows the boy caring for Elfie as she ages and his family’s grief when she dies of old age. The boy is sad that Elfie is gone but consoles himself that his dog always knew how much she was loved.


In his signature simple style, Todd Parr explores the range of emotions and responses when we experience loss in The Goodbye Book. Parr guides young readers through the feelings most commonly felt when struggling with a goodbye, with the reassurance that with time things will get better, and a reminder that they are always loved.


When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

A straightforward explanation about what it means to be alive or dead, different cultural customs, and ways to remember people who have died.


I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Pat Thomas

Written by a therapist, this book lays out the facts about both the physical realities and emotional complexities of death with candid, true-to-life examples.


Death Is Stupid by Anastasia Higginbotham

An explanation of the feelings many young people experience when someone dies, plus an explanation of ways to celebrate love and life.


Where are you Lydie? is a special picture book, sensitively written and illustrated for children between 3 and 7 years old. It is a facilitative story and guide for young children and their parents to explore death and bereavement together and to start those difficult conversations or explore the questions that may come up after the death of a baby in a safe and inspiring space.


Where Do They Go? by Julia Alvarez

Open-ended questions and abstract illustrations lead children gently into a deep discussion of death and its aftermath. “When somebody dies, / where do they go? Who can I ask? / Does anyone know?”


Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie – a beautifully moving book for children of all ages, even parents too. It lets us explain life and death in a sensitive, caring, beautiful way. Lifetimes tells us about beginnings. And about endings. And about living in between. With large, wonderful illustrations, it tells about plants, animals, and people. It tells that dying is as much a part of living as being born.


The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by Leo Buscaglia – This lovely story follows Freddie the leaf throughout his life cycle. It’s a wonderful book that explains the cycle of life, and death.


Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children, A Coloring Book by Doris Stickney – This is a coloring book folks! It’s a coloring book that tells the story of a waterbug that completes her metamorphosis into a dragonfly and leaves the pond. But that starts a conversation with the other water bugs about where she went when she transformed.Recommended for grades Pre-school-3rd


Always Remember by Cece Meng – Without mentioning a deity or religion this book gently helps children with the loss of a friend. The old sea turtle has passed away and is has been carried away by the waves. His friends remember him and how their lives were made better because of his kindness to them.


Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories by Audrey Penn – Chester Raccoon’s good friend Skiddel Squirrel has had an accident and will not be returning – ever. Chester is upset that he won’t get to play with his friend anymore. Mrs. Raccoon suggests that Chester and his friends create some memories of Skiddel, so that they will have good memories when they miss him. Chester, his brother Ronny, and their friends decide to gather at the pond, where they combine their memories and create a touching celebration of their friend’s life. Recommended for grades Kindergarten-3rd


Rudi’s Pond by Eve Bunting – Based on a true story of friendship. The narrator’s friend, Rudi, gets sick and dies.  Grieving the narrator and her classmates build a pond in memory of Rudi. These grieving steps are so important in the healing process and sets a good example of things that can be done when someone dies. Recommended for grades Pre-school-3rd

  • A Memory Grows
  • Camp El Tersoro De La Vida
  • Camp Erin
  • Camp Sol
  • Compassionate Friends
  • Grief and Loss Center
  • Grief Share
  • Grief Works
  • Journey of Hope
  • SHIFT 
  • The Warm Place


The Compassionate Friends- (Sibling, Grandchild Loss)

The Compassionate Friends organization offers emotional support to parents (and anyone in a guardianship role), grandparents, and adult siblings grieving the death of a precious child of any age, and from any cause. The Compassionate Friends has several Minnesota Chapters including the Minneapolis Chapter that meets in New Hope.


Smile Again Ministries

A Minnesota faith-based retreat center for parents and families who have experienced the death of a child; home-made meals, counseling, and time to regain strength.


Faith’s Lodge

Faith’s Lodge supports parents and families coping with the death or medically complex condition of a child in a peaceful environment to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present, and build hope for the future.


Center for Grief and Loss

The Center for Grief and Loss is a nonprofit FamilyMeans program that offers specialized therapy for complicated grief, trauma and life transition. The Center staff provides caring support to individuals, couples and families who are experiencing loss or trauma.


Grief Share

Provides a peer-led facilitated video/discussion series as well as online resources for anyone who has lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend.


Actively Moving Forward

Connects and empowers grieving college students through campus chapters. These students support one another with peer-led grief support groups as well as participate in community service events in memory of their loved ones.


Allina Support Groups

Allina Health provides or offers access to several types of support groups for young adults and adults whom have experienced the death of a loved one.


Children’s Minnesota Bereavement Services 

Children’s Minnesota Bereavement Services offers free grief support, education and referrals for families including parents, grandparents, and youth programming. Free childcare is provided during support sessions.


Children’s Grief Connection

Children’s Grief Connection serves families who are devastated by the death of a loved one. Together in the safe and compassionate setting of Hearts of Hope Family Grief Camps, families make deep connections that provide support and understanding. Isolation is replaced with connection.


The Dougy Center

The Dougy Center provides educational materials about children and grief and training opportunities to local and national agencies in need of our expertise.


Fairview Youth Grief Services

Offers a range of grief support and education services for children grieving the death of a loved one and for the adults who care for them. Services include youth and adult grief support and education, as well as youth camp opportunities.


National Alliance for Grieving Children

The National Alliance for Grieving Children promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them.


Washburn Center

Washburn Center is the state’s leading expert in childhood trauma; therapists support families through challenging times by offering individual and family therapy to help with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, and difficulty dealing with loss or family changes