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Dear Parent or Guardian,

The Children’s Bereavement Network is a non- profit organization that sponsors Camp Live, Laugh, Love for children grieving the death of a significant loved one in their life. This camp is FREE! Because of donations from caring people in our communities, there is no cost to you or your child. A caring group of trained professionals and volunteers have come together to help children realize that “IN LIFE THERE IS HOPE”.

We know that it is scary to think about sending your child to be with strangers after enduring a significant loss- especially if that loss was your spouse or child. We can assure you that every care has been taken to make sure that your child is safe and secure while they are with us at camp. We want your child to have a memorable experience at camp and to help them through possibly one of the most difficult challenges they have ever had to face. 

Our goal is to provide a safe environment in which children can explore and express their grief. Grieving is unique for each child and they grieve differently at each stage of development. Camp Live, Laugh, Love works with children ages 7 -16. The death of a loved one creates a huge disruption in their lives and leads them to question their own mortality. They may even feel responsible for the death. Sometimes their grief is seen in their schoolwork, hostility toward peers and family, and avoidance of previously enjoyable activities.  At Camp Live, Laugh, Love children learn healthy grieving habits and positive coping skills. They relate to other children with similar feelings and confide in a teen buddy, who listens to their needs and concerns. We also have fun activities like rock wall climbing, low ropes, water activities, sports, campfires, and therapeutic crafts which enhance their experience with laughter and fun without guilt. This year Camp Live, Laugh, Love will be July 21st -23rd , 2017 at Camp Nissokone in Oscoda, Michigan.

We have a limited amount of space so you are encouraged to get your application in as soon as possible. All information from both CBN and Camp Nissokone must be filled out completely. Please contact us if you have any questions or need help filling out any of the forms. If you think your child will be attending, please submit the completed application to hold your child’s place. Medical information and contact numbers will be updated at camp check-in.

We look forward to receiving your child’s application and welcoming your family to CBN. Please let us know if transportation is a problem, although we strongly encourage parents/guardians to accompany their child at registration and to be present for the closing ceremony. You will be amazed at the difference it makes when a family shares this unique experience. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely, CBN Board and Volunteers


If you want to apply for your child(ren) to attend camp you may download the application below. It is formatted to be filled out on your computer and can be saved and printed. Please make sure you fill out ALL of the lines. If you need to leave something blank, please type N/A so we know that you have read it. If there is not enough room to type everything on the space provided please type it on a different sheet and include it when you mail your application. If you use a digital signature you may e-mail the application to  If not, please make sure you sign every place that is marked and mail it to the address below. 

Children's Bereavement Network

PO Box 181

Gaylord, MI 49734