Sunrise Kids Program

Bereavement counselors provide young people support as they cope with emotions and changes that may be difficult, confusing, or frightening. Behaviors and feelings that occur in a typical grieving process are explained, along with ways they can be safely expressed. This is necessary before young people can begin to reinvest their energies into their own futures.

Individual Counseling: Counselors are available for individual counseling of young people coping with the death of a loved one, and are encouraged to find a safe way to express their thoughts and feelings. This may occur through the creation of artwork or within a safe conversation. Efforts focus on building a relationship of trust so that a young person can ask questions and often find their own answers.

Summer Camp: A five-day camp encourages children coping with the death of a loved one to express themselves through play, art, recreation, and small group discussion. They learn the benefits of sharing their experiences with their peers who have also experienced the death of someone important in their lives. Summer Camp, for second- through eighth-graders, is a Monday-Friday camp in Wilmington.

Wilmington Sunshine CampAt Sunshine Camp, young people are encouraged to share memories, express feelings, and learn from their life experiences. Space is limited. Call now to get an application. After an application is received, a meeting will be scheduled with each child and a youth grief counselor at the camp site. Campers must attend this brief meeting prior to camp. There is no fee to attend camp. Donations are accepted.

2018 Sunshine Camp
June 25-29 for rising second and third graders
July 9-13 for rising fourth and fifth graders
July 23-27 for rising sixth, seventh and eighth graders
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Phillips LifeCare & Counseling Center, 1414 Physicians Drive in Wilmington

Registration and a meeting with a counselor is required for all campers.

Sunshine Camp Registration form

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For more information, call Melinda McKeon at (910) 796-7991.

Family Day: Throughout the year, families are invited to our Family Days. These are special opportunities to spend time around other families who are also dealing with grief and loss. The day includes time to play together and to learn how grief affects a family. Family Days are hosted in Brunswick, Columbus, Horry and Onslow counties. Pre-registration is required. Attendance of a parent or guardian is required.

Spring Family Day
Join us Saturday, April 14 from 10 am-2 pm at Calvary Baptist Church, 623 Village Road in Shallotte.
Spring Family Day Registration form

In-School Program: A counselor works with a school counselor to facilitate support group sessions within many schools across Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender, and Horry counties. Children referred to these support groups learn they are not alone by interacting with others facing similar experiences. They are empowered to identify and express personal feelings related to their loss and to develop coping skills.


There are no fees for our children’s services. They are provided as part of our mission to provide support and counseling to families, and are funded through the generosity of donors and grants. For more information about any of our grief services for children and their families, please call Melinda McKeon at (910) 796-7991.