Smile Again Ministries

Smile Again Ministries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit ministry, serving families who have lost a child, offering a retreat experience and counseling services to surviving parents and siblings.  Our mission is to help hurting people find peace and hope.


Every day families across America experience the agony that accompanies the death of a child.  

We help them Smile Again.

Smile Again Ministries (SAM) helps families deal with the grief and struggles that follow the death of a child.  Since 1998 SAM has helped several moms and dads and surviving siblings cope with their loss and pain.  Whitetail Lodge - located near Crosslake, Minnesota - is a retreat center for grieving families.  This is a safe place to deal with your shattered emotions.  A place where healing can begin.  It doesn't matter what age your child was when he or she died - we have found the pain suffered by parents is deep no matter how old your child was.

We count it a privilege to be a part of your grief journey.