Statistics on Childhood Bereavement

  • In the U.S., 8 million people suffered through the death of someone in their immediate family last year; 800,000 new widows and widowers; 400,000 people under 25 suffered from the death of a loved one (National Mental Health Association)
  • 1.5 million children are living in a single-parent household because of the death of one parent. (Owens, D. “Recognizing the Needs of Bereaved Children in Palliative Care” Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing. 2008; 10:1)
  • Currently, 1.9 million youngsters under age 18 (or more than 2 percent of American children) have lost one or both parents. (U. S. Social Security Administration, as reported in the Chicago Tribune Magazine, 7-18-99)
  • A parent's death usually makes a severe impact on a child, research shows. After losing a parent, 85% of children exhibit such symptoms as difficulty sleeping, angry outbursts, worry, depression, bed-wetting, and thumb-sucking. After a year, more regressive behaviors may fade, but other problems, such as lack of confidence and preoccupation with illness, are likely to continue.

Experience Camps by the Numbers

  • In 2017, we will have over 450 campers at camps in Maine, California, Georgia, and New York.
  • There are 200+ volunteer camp counselors
  • More than 80% of eligible campers return each summer
  • We've averaged a 44% growth rate in camper numbers over the last 4 years.
  • 2% of campers have experienced multiple death-losses.

Statistics in Our Camper Population

Relationship of deceased to camper

Relationship to Camper

Cause of Death

Cause of Death

Camper Ethnicity

Camper Ethnicity