Family Hospice Offers Free Camp Healing Hearts for Grieving Children

Children and their families at last year’s Camp Healing Hearts participated in structured activities, including paintings masks to illustrate how they really feel while putting on brave faces for those around them. Family Hospice offers this free one-day bereavement camp for children ages six to 12 and their parents/guardians who have experienced the death of a loved one. Registration is now open for this year, with Camp Healing Hearts scheduled for June 30 at Carlow University.

Family Hospice and Palliative Care welcomes grieving children and their family members to participate in Camp Healing Hearts, a free one-day bereavement camp. Camp Healing Hearts will be held Saturday, June 30 at Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh. Pre-registration is required.

As a community partner, Family Hospice and Palliative Care offers this free camp for children ages six to 12 and their parents/guardians who have experienced the death of a loved one (such as a parent, sibling, grandparent, other family member, or friend). Camp Healing Hearts gives a safe and supportive environment for children and families to express feelings, remember a loved one, develop coping skills and create bonds and friendships with others who have experienced a similar loss. Camp Healing Hearts is staffed by licensed professionals from Family Hospice and trained volunteers.

Camp Healing Hearts will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Throughout the day, children will participate in structured activities, including art, memory boxes, movement, music and pet therapy, as they remember their loved ones and learn healthy ways to grieve.

Statistics indicate that one in five children will experience the death of someone close to them by the age of 18. Loss can have a profound effect on the lives of children, affecting their ability to relate to others and make sound decisions. Connecting children with one another and equipping them with healthy coping strategies can impact the course of their lives. Through generous donations and grants, Camp Healing Hearts is free for all children and families who attend.

An application must be completed for each child who would like to attend Camp Healing Hearts. Applications must be completed by Friday, June 15. To initiate the application process, please contact the Family Hospice bereavement department by phone at 412-572-8829 or by email at[email protected].

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About Family Hospice:

Family Hospice and Palliative Care has been providing compassionate care throughout Western Pennsylvania since 1980. As the Commonwealth’s largest nonprofit hospice provider, Family Hospice helps patients make choices about their care, supporting family and friends who are grieving and educating both professionals and the community about end-of-life issues. Through a commitment to quality services, Family Hospice provides a complete continuum of care to patients and families. For more information, visit, Hospice.