More than a million children nationwide will lose a parent by age 15. Many more will lose siblings, other relatives, caregivers, and close friends. These profound losses affect daily lives, academic and social functioning, and growth toward adulthood. Furthermore, research shows that adult depression, schizophrenia, drug problems, and alcohol use may all be linked to childhood bereavement.
Camp Healing Hearts provides a safe and caring environment for children ages 5-18 and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one. Here, campers express their grief, emotion, fear, and concerns, as well as learn coping skills that will continue to help them through adulthood.
Camp Healing Hearts features a day of special activities in a supportive environment with a traditional camp experience at Camp Aldersgate in West Little Rock. Professionals and trained volunteers lead campers in:
- Heart-to-heart support group sessions
- Arts and crafts
- Celebration of life and remembrance
- Making s’mores around the campfire
Campers are provided with:
- The comfort of knowing they are not alone
- The permission to grieve, remember, and talk about the loved one who died
- Healthy coping skills
- Methods to understand and express their feelings
- An opportunity to share their feelings of isolation, which are common in the grieving process
- Support in a safe, structured environment while facilitating the grief work necessary for healing
At Camp Healing Hearts, campers enjoy a traditional day camp, as well as make new friends with others experiencing a loss, learn creative ways to express their feelings, and receive comfort and encouragement from peers and caring adults. It’s a safe environment to have fun and develop coping skills, both individually and within a community of others. Learn more about Camp Healing Hearts here.