Kaweah Delta Hospice set to host Sept. 15 camp to offer children hope and healing
VISALIA – Children who have experienced the death of a significant
person in their lives are invited to learn how to cope with grief and
find healing on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Kaweah Delta Hospice’s “Good
Grief Camp” in Visalia.
The free camp, intended for children from kindergarten through sixth grade
and a parent or guardian, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
Visalia Nazarene Church, 3333 W. Caldwell Ave.; attendees will receive
a camp T-shirt and lunch. To register, call 733-0642.
“This camp gives children a chance to learn how to understand their
feelings and how to positively express themselves or talk about their
feelings,” said Kent Mishler, Director of Chaplain Services at Kaweah
Delta. “These children may be dealing with sadness, but grief camp
is not sad. There are serious moments, but we have fun making crafts and
even throwing water balloons.”
The camp, led by people trained in child development, mental health and
education, provides a safe space for children to explore grief and embrace
healing. During the camp, children are taught coping skills through games,
crafts and other age-appropriate activities. They are also taught that
they are not alone in their grief. A parent or guardian is required to
accompany their child and will attend a workshop to learn how to help
their child through this time.
In its second year, Good Grief Camp is sponsored by Kaweah Delta Hospice
and is provided free of charge thanks to the support of the Kaweah Delta
Hospice Foundation, an independent non-profit fundraising organization
that exists to support Kaweah Delta’s Hospice program, along with
individuals in the community who have made contributions to underwrite
the camp. Kaweah Delta Hospice is a not-for-profit hospice that has been
providing end-of-life services for adults and children in Tulare and Kings
counties for over 35 years.