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Camp Kangaroo Offers Bereavement Support to Children in Broward

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

Broward, FL—(October 17, 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, November 19 through Sunday, November 20 at Tomorrow’s Rainbow, 4341 NW 39 Avenue, Coconut Creek, FL 33073. Tomorrow’s Rainbow is a ranch that incorporates miniature horse interactions with therapeutic play areas for children who have lost a loved one.

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 year, the camp was funded by Tomorrow’s Rainbow Inc. Tomorrow's Rainbow is a special ranch for children that have experienced the death of a loved one. By incorporating miniature horse interactions with therapeutic play areas and facilitated peer support, children are given the tools necessary to take their own personal grief journey in a way that is meaningful to them.