Impact Study of Bereavement Camp

Impact Study of Bereavement Camp


Supported by the New York Life Foundation, the Moyer Foundation and Kent State University are conducting a study on the bereavement camp experience of families and their campers.

The New York Life Foundation Proudly Supports The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin and Comfort Zone Camp Research Study

The Moyer Foundation/Camp Erin, Comfort Zone Camp and the Research and Evaluation Bureau at Kent State University are conducting a longitudinal study to evaluate the impact of the bereavement camp experience. The evaluation will collect and analyze evidence of the short-term and long-term impact of bereavement camp on optimal, positive youth development for grieving children and their families. The study will be implemented over three years and began in the spring of 2013. Approximately 3,000 campers from Camp Erin and Comfort Zone Camp will be given the opportunity to participate in this study. We are very thankful for the willingness and efforts of each family and their campers to participate.

A message from Chris Park, president of the New York Life Foundation: We are so happy to be supporting research about the impact you have on grieving children who attend camp. We know how much of a difference it makes in their lives. Now, working together, we can prove to others that we are right! It will also help bring others to our cause, based on sound evidence that the work you do is having a profound impact on the grief journey of children. We will show how children who have had an opportunity to attend camp are not simply surviving, they are thriving!

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