Testimonals

What Our Clients Say About Us

Throughout the year, we receive so much amazing feedback from our participants. We’d like to share some of the testimonials we have received with you, to give you an idea of the impact that one weekend camp or a session of support groups can make.

…It was sometimes hard to tell my story in front of strangers but I felt safe.  Amanda the Panda is very awesome for those who have lost loved ones.  It helps us to be ourselves without judgment of who we are and what we’re feeling.  True genuine compassion, love, and kindness.

Author's imageAdult CamperApril 2016

I learned about Amanda the Panda many years ago but never dreamed I would need to attend myself.  After my sister’s sudden passing my mom encouraged me to attend and I am so thankful.

My biggest surprise was how quickly I became comfortable enough to tell my story to total strangers.  My biggest challenge was just accepting that I have this loss that has affected every aspect of my life.  This experience will help me to continue in my grief journey as I have now realized it is not a race.

What would I want others to know about Amanda the Panda?  That no matter where you are in your grief this place provides a comforting place to let it all out.

Author's imageMolly, Adult CamperApril 2016
  • Thanks for all you did, and continue to do, for survivors! The kids had a wonderful experience. In fact, both teachers commented on how glowing and happy the kids were the next day. They haven’t seen them like that before. Parents were pleased as well. They are all looking forward to further adventures with Amanda!

    Author's imagePam, Elementary Dean & CounselorApril 2011
  • I cannot THANK everyone at Amanda The Panda enough for camp. It was an amazing weekend with a lot of personal healing for myself. I would love to keep being involved with this organization in any way that I can. I believe it is a great organization that can do a lot for so many people. Thank you to everyone who helped and to all you guys do for people who are going through grief.

    Author's imageDenise, Young Adult CamperApril 2011

My name is Sammy and my experience at Amanda the Panda was great. At first I was sad and thought it was going to be easy to get through even with how close I was to my grandmother, but it got harder. It was the first time I had seen my dad cry. At that point it was very hard for me because if he cried and my mom cried who could I go to, or talk to comfort me? I also at first didn’t want to talk to my parents because I didn’t want to make them any sadder than they already were. Then my mom said something about Amanda the Panda grief “counseling”. I didn’t want to go at first. I had the attitude why go somewhere on my own time when I could just go at school. Then when I got there I was the first to share my story. It felt better to get everything off of my chest. As of now I am starting to volunteer for Amanda the Panda to give to them what they gave to me.

Author's imageSammyMay 2013

I wanted to thank you for an absolutely amazing weekend at camp. Graham hasn’t stopped talking about how much fun he had and has wanted to wear his shirt every day since (it’s been “lost” for a few days so I could stick it in the wash). It was a wonderful experience for me as well, and I feel so lucky to have been able to spend the weekend with such inspirational and amazing people. Thank you.

Author's imageMauraSpring 2012 support group/Fall 2012 camp participant

I just wanted to take a minute to once again thank you for providing the services you do for all of these children who suffer, sometimes without words or emotions, from the loss of a loved one. What a blessing you are to so many.

Author's imageMichaelOctober 2012

“I came away with feeling less angry and more comforted being among people who were going through the grieving process like me. My experience continues to make me feel blessed for that weekend. Amanda the Panda is a place where it’s okay not to share or to share feelings and experiences. It’s also where you are accepted for who you are and where you are – without fear of being ridiculed or made fun of.”

Author's imageNiterVolunteer