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Camp Kangaroo Offers Bereavement Support to Children in Michigan

CAMP KANGAROO OFFERS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT TO CHILDREN WHO HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE

Madison Heights, MI—(December 8, 2016) Camp Kangaroo, a free two-day bereavement program offered through Seasons Hospice Foundation and Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, helps five-to 18-year-old children who have lost a loved one learn new coping skills. The camp will take place from Saturday, January 14 through Monday January 16 at Madison High School located at 915 East 11 Mile Road Madison Heights, MI 48071.

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 Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation supports pediatric research, education, community benefit programs, and other initiatives that improve the health of children in Michigan.