What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you? Most people, when asked this question, will respond similarly with something like, "The day my Daddy died." Maybe it was their grandmother or a cousin or even a sibling, but chances are, the loss of a loved one will always come to mind when recalling the worst time of one's life.
The passing of a loved one can be devastating. Grief can manifest itself in a number of ways and is something that is especially difficult for children. Ill equipped to deal with this type of life changing experience, children and teens between the ages of 6-17, can be hit especially hard when someone they love passes away.
Camp Erin(TM), the largest bereavement camp in the country, is designed to help young people learn how to understand and cope with their grief. Offering all of the typical activities of a traditional camp environment, Camp Erin also provides grief education and emotional support. Knowing they're 'not alone' and that the pain that they're experiencing is 'normal,' Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity of peer bonding for young people and establishes a foundation for them as they go on with their lives. The careful intertwining of counseling and support provided by professionals and volunteers enable the kids to enjoy themselves while also honoring and memorializing their loved one.
The collaboration of Hospice of Rutherford County and The Moyer Foundation makes this free camp available for families throughout the Carolina's and neighboring communities. Volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of the camp including planning activities and monitoring the campers during their stay. Held here locally at South Mountain Christian Camp in Bostic, North Carolina, Camp Erin 2017 is scheduled for November 10th - 12th. What better way to spend a beautiful fall weekend than to help our most vulnerable children through a very difficult time.