Spring brings showers, flowers, and anticipation of summer. With the Alive Hospice Grief Support staff, with spring comes the anticipation of camp. Preparations for Camp Forget-Me-Not (June 6, 7, and 8 ) and Camp Evergreen (June 21, 22, and 23) are now in full force!
Camp is a three-day adventure for everyone involved ‚Äď campers, counselors, and volunteers. The reason behind a child coming to camp is, of course, filled with sadness. And there are often tears mixed in with the squeals and laughter experienced at camp. However, gathering with other youngsters who share a loss is a gift to all concerned.
When they come together as strangers on the first day, some are hesitant to share. For adults, words are hard enough. At camp, the children participate in games, crafts, and other activities that allow their stories to be expressed in a very natural way. As the process unfolds, they all have the opportunity to share about their experiences and about the loved one who died.
By the time we have the closing ceremony, the small groups of children have often become a team, a temporary ‚Äúfamily‚ÄĚ of sorts. And, as that caring unit, they are able to support each other in their journey.
It‚Äôs a lovely (and fun!) thing to be a part of. And, it‚Äôs one more option in the assorted pathways to healing.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- Call 615-907-1677 for Camp Forget-Me-Not
- Call 615-963-4732 for Camp Evergreen