Camp Hands of Hope | September Recap
Did you know that 1 in 7 children will lose a parent or a sibling by the age of twenty? In many cases, children do not have the same systems in place to help them deal with grief as adults do. They will often end up hiding the pain they are feeling, leaving their sadness to be overlooked and unaddressed. It is for these reasons that Camp Hands of Hope was created, a place where children and families who are going through the grief process can come together with others that are dealing with the same grief issues in an environment that is fun, safe and relaxed.
Camp Hands of Hope is a child centered and family focused weekend retreat provided by the Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation (HPCF) and sponsored by Hospice Care of South Carolina (HCSC) to support families who have experienced the loss of a loved one. These camps occur three times a year at various locations in South Carolina. Employees from HCSC are instrumental in designing the curriculum and leading the various group sessions. Our most recent camp took place September 13-15th at Camp Kinard, a Lutheran Retreat Center, just outside Columbia. Forty-one children and adult family members had the opportunity to connect with others from across the state and make friends while sharing and expressing their grief through creative and fun activities that included art therapy, drum therapy, journaling, making ice-cream sundaes and more. The weekend also enabled the youth and families to create a support system that will last long after camp is over. A parent from our most recent camp states:
“If you have the opportunity to go to Camp Hands of Hope I strongly encourage it. It allows you the adult the opportunity to see how you’re not alone and to learn of ways to support you and your youth. And the youth get the opportunity to bond with kids their own age and realize they are not alone either. Helps them to realize that this death has not broken them. And that there is a path for Hope and healing.”
THANK YOU HOSPICE CARE OF SOUTH CAROLINA: Camp Hands of Hope is made possible through the foundation’s partnership with Hospice Care of South Carolina and the generosity of individuals and our community sponsors including Thrivent Financial, Target, Walmart Foundation, the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area, Publix Supermarkets Charities, Wells Fargo and the Mark Elliot Motley Foundation. Since 2007, over 1,200 children and adult family members have attended our camps. Anyone wishing to donate to Camp Hands of Hope may do so at www.hpcfoundation.org or by mailing a donation to PO BOX 151 Drayton, SC 29333. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, contact the Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Camp website at camphandsofhope.org.
The Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation is the Foundation of Choice for Hospice Care of South Carolina. HPCF has served hundreds of families representing every county in South Carolina, through its financial assistance programs, providing over $150,000 in aid to address unmet needs of individuals facing end of life. The Foundation is also active in educating the public regarding the needs and care of hospice and palliative care patients.