Free Bereavement Camp Offered Kids Help
with Loss

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the third consecutive year, Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, the state’s largest and most comprehensive hospice, sponsored Camp BraveHeart a free, two-day summer camp for kids and teens ages 6 to 17 who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Camp BraveHeart was held on August 26 and 27 from 9:30 am to 4 pm at YMCA Camp Fuller in Wakefield.

A child drawing something.At Camp BraveHeart, children who have lost a loved one took part in fun activities and received grief support. Traditional camp activities included swimming, kayaking, archery, tower climbing, zipline, gardening, storytelling and arts and crafts. In addition, counselors offered grief and emotional support through discussions, opportunities to memorialize loved ones, scrapbooking and remembrance circles.

“Research indicates that children who experience the loss of a loved one often become ‘forgotten mourners’,” says Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island bereavement coordinator and children’s grief specialist Deanna Upchurch, who holds a master’s in counseling psychology and founded the camp. “These surviving children often feel isolated and lonely in their grief, and may not be sure of how to handle the conflicting emotions they are feeling. At Camp BraveHeart, we provide an appropriate emotional outlet to children by offering them grief support in an environment of fun recreational activities, and we help them to understand that what they’re experiencing, although painful, is perfectly normal.”

Camp Braveheart's Camp BraveHeart is made possible through donations from the Maureen Carlson Camp BraveHeart Fund and CVS Caremark Charity Classic. Anyone wishing to donate to the Camp BraveHeart Fund may send a tax-deductible contribution to Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, Department of Philanthropy, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904.

Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island’s bereavement program guides people of all ages through the difficult times that follow the death of someone special. Support groups meet throughout the state at various times year ‘round. Groups are free and open to the public, even to those who are not using the organization’s hospice services. More information about Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island’s bereavement and other services is available by visiting www.HHCRI.net or by calling the bereavement department at 401-415-4300 or the main number at 401-415-4200.