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From messy mud slides and wet and wild water games, to creating musical melodies and making memory boxes to hold special treasures, children who attended Camp BraveHearts started the healing process for losing a loved one. Camp BraveHearts is a free, three-day grief camp hosted by Methodist Hospice for children six to 16 and their parents or caregiver. Earlier this June, Methodist Hospice hosted 53 children and 21 adults at Saint Episcopal Center in Memphis.
“Camp BraveHearts is a place where children and their families can come to understand the process of grief and to understand that it’s not something you just get over,” explains Dee Flood, community development manager for Methodist Hospice. “Grief is a journey that you have to go through.”
The big smiles and loud laughter you see and hear at Camp BraveHearts may not be what you expect to find at a grief camp, however, Flood says this is just what kids need as they journey through learning how to deal with their grief.
“Children learn through play,” said Flood. “By giving them an environment filled with fun and games kids figure out how to work through their feelings and the healing begins without them really realizing it.”
Methodist Hospice also takes Camp BraveHearts on the road to churches and organizations throughout the year. For more information, contact Dee Flood at 901.516.1727 or Mary Elizabeth Jones, bereavement supervisor, at 901.516.1600.