Grieving the loss of a loved one is difficult, especially for a child. Grieving children are likely to feel different and alone. Most children do not know what to expect following the loss of a family member or friend. Community Hospice can help your child through this difficult time.
Community Hospice bereavement counselors provide individual and family counseling to help children who have experienced the death of a sibling, parent, grandparent, friend or other loved one and who may need support or guidance in dealing with the grief associated with that loss.
“My favorite part of camp was getting to make new friends who have gone through similar things like me. My least favorite part was having to leave.”
Recognizing the need to help children through the grieving process, Community Hospice started Camp Healing Powers®, a therapeutic weekend camp where children can freely express their feelings about the loss of a loved one in an enjoyable, accepting and supportive environment.
Camp Healing Powers is an overnight camp experience (Friday night through Sunday morning), where children have the opportunity to meet with other campers who have experienced similar losses. Time together helps them realize that what they are feeling is a normal part of grief — and that they are not alone.
Under the guidance of licensed bereavement counselors, children engage in indoor and outdoor, age-specific activities involving arts and crafts, music, balloon releases, recreational games, and activities of remembrance. These activities are designed so they can explore and express their emotions, and develop coping skills to help them navigate through the grief journey.
For more information about Camp Healing Powers or counseling services for your child, please call 904.407.7001.