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Camp Kangaroo Offers Bereavement Support to Children in Arizona


Phoenix, AZ—(December 8, 2016) Camp Kangaroo, a free two-day bereavement program offered through Seasons Hospice Foundation and Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, helps five-to 17-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 Paradise Valley High School at 3950 East Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ, 85032.

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 Abrazo Scottsdale Campus and Knight Transportation. Abrazo Scottsdale Campus is an acute care hospital that delivers the highest levels of quality and personalized care. The hospital offers a broad range of medical services including internal medicine, general surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, obstetrics, women’s health, diagnostic imaging and emergency care. Knight Transportation is a provider of multiple truckload transportation services, which involve the movement of full trailer or container loads of freight from origin to destination for a single customer.