Lynne Hughes

Founder of Comfort Zone Camp for Grieving Children

By the age of 12, Lynne Hughes knew all about grief. At the age of nine, her mother died. Then three years later, her father passed away. Coping with the death of loved ones so early in life spurred a desire to make a difference in the lives of other children grieving the loss of a loved one.

In 1995, Lynne helped to start Motherless Daughters, a national organization for women and girls who lost their mothers at a young age. Lynne’s work with Motherless Daughters served as a catalyst to Lynne and her husband Kelly, who in the Spring of 1998 created Comfort Zone Camp, a non-profit organization based in Richmond, Virginia that offers free weekend bereavement camps for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. Comfort Zone Camp is now the nation’s largest nonprofit bereavement camp for children.

She has been profiled in numerous media outlets, including Parade magazine (May 7, 2006), People magazine and Parents magazine, and has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, CBS news, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and Friends and The Caroline Rhea Show among others.

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