Over the President’s Day holiday weekend, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation hosted Camp Kangaroo, a free day camp for grieving children at The Jemicy School in Owings Mills, Maryland. All campers have lost a special someone such as a grandmother, grandfather, parent, sibling, beloved aunt or uncle or friend. The camp’s objective is to provide grieving children with healthy ways to help them to cope with their loss. Professionals and trained volunteers team up to offer psychotherapy, creative arts therapy and other fun camp activities to the camp participants.
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“So we have Camp Kangaroo today. It’s a three-day grief camp for children, first through eighth grade. We have 25 kids here from throughout the community. It’s sponsored by the Seasons Hospice Foundation, so it’s free to every kid who comes, and not just kids who had someone die on hospice, but that’s kids throughout the community,” Hansen said. “The goal of the camp is to normalize grieving for children.”