Smile Again

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

We are excited to say that SAM has lowered our nightly stay to just $50 a night per bedroom suite. We are able to do this because of our generous donors who help underwrite the cost of people staying in Whitetail Lodge. Each of our bedroom suites can hold a maximum of five people. If you have had a child die, click on the book a visit  tab or the contact us tab at the top of this page to schedule a visit.