Camp Echo/Hope is a weekend retreat for children, ages 6 to 12, who have experienced the death of a loved one within the past two years. It will be held September 7–9 at Camp Cathedral Domain in Irvine. Children from throughout central and eastern Kentucky attend the camp.
“Grieving children often feel very alone,” said Bonnie Meyer, D.Min, BCC, director of Spiritual Care and Bereavement Services at Hospice of the Bluegrass. “Most of their friends do not understand how it feels when someone special dies.”
At Camp Echo/Hope, children will meet others who have lost a loved one. “It is a safe place to share experiences, to understand that their feelings are normal, and to develop skills to cope with grief in healthy ways,” adds Meyer. Children will receive guidance and support from professionals and trained volunteers who will also lead activities such as nature hikes, drama and art activities.
The registration fee is $30 per child or $35 per family, if more than one child is attending. Scholarships are available. An application must be completed for each camper. Applications are available by contacting Angie Hoskins at (859) 277-2700 or (800) 876-6005 or at www.hospicebg.org. The registration deadline is Sept. 1. www.hospicebg.org/camps.html.
Hospice of the Bluegrass is joining forces with Hospice Care Plus, Hospice East, Heritage Hospice and the Lexington Division of Police to offer this camp.