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Camp Kangaroo Offers Bereavement Support to Children in Maryland


Glen Burnie, MD—(December 8, 2016) Camp Kangaroo, a free two-day bereavement program offered through Seasons Hospice Foundation and Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, helps five-to 13-year-old children who have lost a loved one learn new coping skills. The camp will take place from Saturday, February 18 through Monday February 20 at The Jemicy School located at 11202 Garrison Forest Road Owings Mills, MD 21117. The Jemicy School educates talented and bright students with dyslexia or other related language-based learning differences by addressing both their intellectual strengths and their learning needs.

Each day of camp consists of a combination of fun activities and grief therapy sessions. Camp goals are achieved using a variety of proven bereavement therapy methods. In addition to meeting the personalized goals of each camper, Camp Kangaroo has four major goals:

  • Educate campers about what grief is and provide outlets for them to express their grief.  
  • Share education about death and dying.
  • Provide peer support by connecting campers with others going through a similar experience.  
  • Help children honor their lost loved one and begin to move forward through their grief.

“Even for us as adults, grieving is very difficult and not something that we learn,” said Russell Hilliard, Sr. Vice President of Supportive Care and Patient Experience for Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care.  “Adults are not always the best at explaining things to children. Kids can get confused by what parents say, even though they are well-meaning and trying to protect their child. When kids go through the camp, our clinically trained support staff draw emotions out and help them come to peace on how we process, move on and celebrate.”

This camp was made possible by the generous contributions of the Newman’s Own Foundation. Newman’s Own Foundation is an independent, private foundation formed in 2005 by Paul Newman to sustain the legacy of his philanthropic work. The Foundation believes that each of us, through the power of philanthropy, has the potential to make a difference. Since 1982, more than 5 million has been donated to thousands of nonprofit organizations helping people in need around the world.