Losing a loved one is hard at any age. For a child, it’s hard to understand what is happening and to communicate how they are feeling. For an adult, it can be hard to explain things in a way that a child understands.
At Camp Caring, we talk about loss and being able to express one’s grief, as well as provide coping tips.
WHAT IS BEREAVEMENT?
Bereavement, otherwise referred to as grief, happens when an individual has lost a loved one. Emotions such as sadness, anger, anxiety and even guilt can come up during this time for the individual experiencing grief.
For children, signs of grief/bereavement include sleeping pattern changes (sleeping too much, too little or sporadic), eating pattern changes, bedwetting, avoiding socializing, violent behavior (self-harm or toward others) or having a dramatic personality change.
WHAT IS CAMP CARING?
Camp Caring is a one day bereavement camp that is held to support children and teens in West Virginia that have lost someone in the last few years.
The purpose of this camp is to strengthen and support each family member, as a collective, and help families move forward.
- Date: Saturday, June 23
- Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Location: Faith Christian Fellowship in Morgantown, West Virginia (Monongalia County)
WHO CAN ATTEND CAMP CARING?
This camp is for children ages 6-14 and the adults in their lives.
We also hold optional concurrent sessions for the adults.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT MY CHILD TO DO?
Our counselors focus their time between small and large group activities:
- Grief education
- Coping skills and ways of expression
- Remembering and ways to move forward
These activities can help empower each child to have the ability to express their grief and to be able to cope with the feeling of loss.
After losing a loved one, a child can experience confusion and worry. They may also have a lot of questions. Typically, a child’s guardian will try to “shield” them from the loss; however, we find that it is better when a child can discuss what is happening openly.
Timely support can replace fear and questions with faith and coping skills.
HOW TO SIGN MY CHILD UP FOR CAMP CARING
To sign up your child, or to refer a child, please visit our website to download the application.
Please fill out the form, and simply return it to us.
Once you have returned the application, your child will be interviewed by our Camp Director, Kadie Baker.
Space is limited, so it’s important to get the application in well before the start date.
If you are considering attending with your child, please let us know (on the application).
CAN’T COME TO CAMP? HERE ARE 4 TIPS OF WHAT YOU CAN DO AT HOME
It’s completely understandable if you or your child cannot attend. There are things that you can be doing at home to help both of you to cope with loss:
- Be patient. Don’t try to rush the grieving process.
- Talk simply with your child. When you are discussing death with your child, be sure to use clear and concise words.
- Remember. In the dash to make funeral plans or even just trying to keep your life together, don’t forget to take time to remember your loved one.
- Ask for help when you need it. If your child is not progressing in the grieving process, and you’re worried–reach out to someone you trust for help.
WV CARING | CAMP CARING
Camp Caring, formerly called Camp Nabe, started in 1996.
Camp Caring, is a bereavement camp designed for children 6-14 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Since 1996, WV Caring, formerly known as Hospice Care Corporation, has held its bereavement camp to support children and teens in West Virginia who have lost a loved one and provides the child with an opportunity to spend a day with other children who have also experienced loss.
This one day camp is free of charge and is open to any child age 6 – 14. Campers discover that they can live life in a changed world with a new relationship to their loved one who has died.
For more information, contact our Camp Director, Kadie Baker.