On Saturday, May 16, Catawba Regional Hospice hosted its annual Brighter Days Grief Camp, a day-long program to help children in grades 1-7 cope with the loss of a loved one. The special event offers children a day of hope and healing, supported by trained counselors and compassionate volunteers.
This year, Brighter Days took place at New Hope Moravian Church on Sandy Ford Road in Newton, NC, and included children from families that Catawba Regional Hospice has served, along with youngsters from local communities. The free camp is part of an array of bereavement services available to residents of the 10-county area in which CRH provides care.
At camp, children interacted with other kids who had experienced loss. They also made crafts, met pet partner dogs, shared in group time, played games, and made new friends.
Brighter Days helps children deal with feelings of grief as well as the changes at work in their lives. The hope is that they'll realize they're not alone in their struggles and that their feelings are normal for the circumstances. They also learn that grief is not a process of forgetting but one of remembering, only with less pain.
For more information about CRH's bereavement services or volunteer opportunities, please call 828.466.0466 or like us on Facebook.