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Camp Kangaroo Offers Bereavement Support to Children in Texas

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

 

Giddings, TX—(September 21, 2016) Camp Kangaroo, a free three-day overnight bereavement program offered through Seasons Hospice Foundation and Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, helps six-to 17-year-old children who have lost a loved one learn new coping skills. The camp will take place from Saturday, October 8 through Monday, October 10 at Camp Tejas, 1038 Private Road 2191, Giddings, TX 78942.

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 the best at explaining things to children, and they can get confused by what parents say, even though they are well-meaning and trying to protect their child. Kids go through the camp, and clinicians draw things out and help them come to peace on how we process and move on and celebrate.”

This year, the camp was funded by the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas. The mission of the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas is to foster healing for grieving children and youth, their families and the community.