Camp offers special place to mourn

CARLSBAD — A nurturing day of making friends, hugging animals, taking a hayride and participating in other therapeutic activities such as drumming and a ceremonial tree planting awaits children and families grieving the loss of a loved one.

Carlsbad’s Liz Devin’s takes part in activities at Camp H.O.P.E. with daughters Amelia and Belle, after losing daughter Claire to cancer.  Courtesy photo

Carlsbad’s Liz Devin’s takes part in activities at Camp H.O.P.E. with daughters Amelia and Belle, after losing daughter Claire to cancer. Courtesy photo

Hospice of the North Coast’s (HNC) Camp H.O.P.E. will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 14 at Green Oak Ranch, 1237 Green Oak Road, Vista. Thanks to generous sponsorship, Camp H.O.P.E. is free; activities, meals and T-shirts are provided on a complimentary basis to all campers. Register at  HYPERLINK “http://www.hospicenorthcoast.org” hospicenorthcoast.org or call (760) 431-4100.

According to HNC’s Hope Bereavement Center Director Ti Johnson, “The name Camp H.O.P.E. reflects its purpose as a ‘Healing Outdoor Play Experience’ that enables children 7 years of age and older to bond with peers who are grieving the loss of parents and other family members. Youngsters can dive into child-centered fun in a nurturing environment. Adults can enjoy healing-touch, spa-like therapies such as yoga and massage that help them release grief while they learn how to care for themselves and their children during this challenging time. The day offers people a way to connect within their families and with other families as they find their way to a new normal.”

Shortly after losing her daughter, Claire, to brain cancer at age 6, Carlsbad’s Liz Devins, along with her husband and Claire’s four siblings, found understanding and acceptance at Camp H.O.P.E.

“Our grieving has been a family process, but it is also intensely individual. Camp H.O.P.E. offered so much for each of us, from art projects where the kids could express their emotions to exercises, stories and relaxation techniques that benefited all of us. We ‘planted’ the flagpole we created at camp in our home garden spot we dedicated to Claire. It is very special to us,” Devins said.

Camp H.O.P.E. is made possible with the support of HNC’s 2014 Hope Bereavement Center sponsors: Gumpert Foundation, Coastal Community Foundation, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and HNC Board President Bobbie Hoder. For more information about HNC’s ongoing bereavement programs, available at no cost to community members, contact  HYPERLINK “mailto:tjohnson@hospicenorthcoast.org” tjohnson@hospicenorthcoast.org.

Nonprofit Hospice of the North Coast was established in 1980 to fill the need for comprehensive, compassionate hospice care in North County San Diego.

 

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