Thanks to the expansion of Comfort Zone Camp, more children around the United States who have suffered the loss of loved ones can find supportive environments nearby.
Since 2008, the Virginia-based bereavement camp for children has opened branches in California and Massachusetts, in addition to a New Jersey location that opened in 2001. A program is also planned in Texas. "We have a very, very long waitlist" even after the expansion, a spokeswoman says. Comfort Zone, founded in 1998, focuses on connecting bereaved kids with peers undergoing a similar experience. That mission continues despite the contentious departure of founder Lynne Hughes in September (a message released by Hughes, her husband, Kelly, and the board of directors says that she and the board had different visions for moving Comfort Zone Camp forward).