Camp teaches kids to have 'Brave heart

An East Texas organization hosts its fourth year of a national children's bereavement camp to help cope with the loss of a loved one.

Cypress Basic Hospice hosted the 4th Annual Camp Brave Heart at Trinity Baptist church in Mt. Pleasant this week, with more than 45 local children in attendance.

When a child experiences the loss of a loved one, they need help dealing with the strong emotions of grief.  Camp Brave Heart is a bereavement camp for children who have experienced the death of a loved one – a grandparent, a parent, a sibling or a friend.

The free camp combines grief support with fun of a recreational day camp. Counselors experienced in child and adolescent grief support lead discussion and trust exercises to help campers learn from each other about grief and ways to cope with loss. Even if the child seems to be adjusting well to the loss, many children still have concerns they may not feel comfortable sharing for fear of causing sadness to family members who are also grieving.

Camp Brave Heart is for children ages 6 -16. Most importantly the camp allows children to explore and share their feelings with other children who have experienced a loss – helping them to understand that they are not alone in their experience.

Upcoming Camp Brave Heart locations near East Texas.

August 1st, 2012

First Baptist Church, Winnsboro

August 3rd, 2012

First United Methodist Church, Sulphur Springs

August 7 -9, 2012

First United Methodist Church, Paris