Grief Takes A Hike

Grief Takes A Hike

      The 2018 Grief Takes A Hike weekend will be held in August. In the meantime, check out the highlights from our 2017 event!

The 2017 Grief Takes a Hike Event was held last August in Wisconsin. The GTAH overnight adventure is designed for families who have experienced the death of a grandparent, mother, father, child or other significant person. Grief Takes a Hike allows participants to come together to experience the therapeutic value of nature. This weekend enables families to share and process feelings while enjoying indoor and outdoor activities such as relaxation at a lakeside beach, family relay races, nature exploration, campfires, arts and crafts, and more.

Grief Take a Hike teaches families to:

  • Enjoy activities as a family
  • Identify positive and helpful coping skills
  • Learn about loss of life grief at different developmental stages
  • Understand the differences between adult and child grief
  • Find hope after loss
  • Learn the benefits of self-care and how to balance your grief with your child’s grieving needs
  • Recognize the value of the grief support group process


In conjunction with Presence Health, Fox Valley Hands of Hope provides transportation for GTAH families from our facilities in Geneva, Illinois, to Wisconsin and back; plus, meals and lodging to campers are provided free of charge. Spanish interpreters are available.

If your family – or a family you know – could benefit from Grief Takes a Hike, please contact Jill Thorson, Children’s Bereavement Services Coordinator (phone: 630.232.2233, extension 225; e-mail: for more information.

Photos from the 2017 Grief Takes A Hike: