A Taste of our November Camp Hands of Hope
By Diane Carlson, Co-Director Camp Hands of Hope
Spaghetti for dinner and hot chocolate with marshmallows and peppermint sticks for our evening snack were on the menu at our November bereavement camp. This third and final camp for 2019 took place at Camp Kinard, just outside of Columbia, SC. We were privileged to join 18 children and 13 adults on their grief journey with the help of our session leaders, provided by Hospice Care of South Carolina, and our volunteers.
We know that the loss of a loved one can be devastating for families. We also recognize that children and teens dealing with loss do not have the same systems and resources in place as adults to help them deal with grief, and the impact of their loss can be even greater.
Many children will hide the pain they are feeling leaving their thoughts unspoken and their sadness to be overlooked. It is for these reasons that Camp Hands of Hope was created to be a place where children and their families who have lost a loved one, can come together with others that are dealing with the same grief journey in an environment that is fun, safe and relaxed. Since 2009, these camps have helped over 1,300 individuals dealing with loss. Here is a comment from one parent on their experience at our November camp:
“I knew the camp was to help cope with grief of a loved one. I did not know how they would teach us, how they would bring my children out of their shells to be able to explain to us how they feel about what happened to their brother. I am amazed how all this happened in 3 days, and we are forever grateful for the difference you have made in our lives.”
Hospice Care of South Carolina’s child life specialists design the children and teen curriculum and lead group sessions. Pictured below are Christine Marcoux (volunteer CCLS) Lenze Ramage (Young Group) McKenna Young (Teen Group) and Stephanie Mishoe (Tween Group) and camp activities. (HCSC Bereavement Coordinator John Edwards leads the Adult Group Sessions)
Visit our website for details on how to register, volunteer, or donate funds to support these unique and meaningful camps for families in South Carolina who have lost a loved one within the past 3 years: camphandsofhope.com.