• Our Mission is to restore grieving children and families back into the mainstream of their lives through innovative services that provide hope and healing.

    Since 1980, we’ve delivered love and caring through innovative services such as weekend grief camps, support groups, fun days, school visits and holiday support to inspire hope and healing after the death of a loved one. All are welcome at Amanda the Panda!

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    • Less than half (46%) of the population is aware that a support organization exists to help them through their grief.

    Learn Why Grief Support is Important!


  • Grief Services

    Amanda the Panda offers a full year of free grief support, including a weekend-long Camp Amanda, 6-week long Support Groups in the fall, winter, spring and summer, monthly Family Nights, and Fun Days throughout the year.

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  • Camp Amanda

    At Camp Amanda, you will connect with others that have experienced the death of a loved one, find out what “normal” grief looks like, learn healthy coping skills, and find a safe person to go to while you are grieving. Camp is held at Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center in Indianola, Iowa.

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  • Family Night

    Family Night focuses on rebuilding your family after a death. Family Night is meant for your WHOLE family to come together-so bring the baby, bring grandpa, and bring your friend! Anything can happen at Family Night; we have done rock building, Mod Podge, finger painted a family tree, made memory candles, had a “Merry not Scary” Halloween party, played board games, and other fun activities!

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To enroll in our services,

just fill out the online registration form. We’ll call you to answer any questions you may have and schedule a tour.

Click here to get started.

  • How Can You Help

    The important work we do every day is fueled by the enthusiasm and love of hundreds of volunteers. If you’d like to be part of our volunteer team, you can help us in a number of ways. If you are not able to volunteer your time, but still want to help us carry out our important mission, we encourage you to donate in-kind services.

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  • Some Facts

    • Grief is normal.
    • The worst kind of grief is YOURS.
    • The way out of grief is through it.
    • Grief is hard work.
    • Grief is unpredictable.
    • There may be “Secondary losses” to deal with.
    • Grief comes and goes.
    • Effective grief work is not done alone.
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