Archbold’s Hospice Hosts Annual Camp HEAL
The loss of a parent, sibling or friend is not likely to occur at some point in a child’s early years. So when a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with the loss, especially if you are working through your own grief as well.
This fall, Archbold’s Hospice of Southwest Georgia will host the 11th annual Camp H.E.A.L. (Healing and Encouragement After Loss), a bereavement day camp that helps children ages 6 to 17 learn to cope with the loss of a loved one.
The day camp, funded through designated gifts made to the Archbold Foundation, is free and open to the public.
“Camp H.E.A.L. gives children a safe environment to bond with other children that have also experienced the loss of a loved one,” said Sheri Walters, Hospice of Southwest Georgia administrator. “Our bereavement camp offers a therapeutic value that addresses each child’s individual needs. We also incorporate fun activities, along with the education and emotional support that encourages campers to share with each other who are learning to cope with the same feelings.”
Trained professionals and volunteers assist with the therapeutic activities offered at the free camp—pet therapy, art therapy, music and educational discussions on grief and bereavement—while helping the children discuss the loss of their loved one and how to work through grief.
“Camp HEAL offers children a safe place to connect with others and share their stories. Using art helps a child through the grieving process by giving them a visual voice for the emotions they are experiencing following the death of a loved one,” said Lindajo Haythorn, art therapist for Camp HEAL. “Sharing the emotions and witnessing the strength of the children as they learn to cope is a powerful and impactful experience.”
Camp H.E.A.L. will be held in Thomasville on October 29, 2016 from 9am–5pm at Camp Piney Woods.
The deadline to register a camper is October 15, 2016. Applications are also being accepted for Camp H.E.A.L. volunteers. The deadline for volunteer applications is September 30, 2016.