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Kaleidoscope Grief Center's Camp Healing Hearts Set for May 20-21 | Community Spirit

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Kaleidoscope Grief Center's Camp Healing Hearts Set for May 20-21
Kaleidoscope Grief Center's Camp Healing Hearts Set for May 20-21

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Camp Healing Hearts, a FREE grief camp for children and families, will be held May 20-21 at Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock. The camp is organized by Kaleidoscope Grief Center, a service of Methodist Family Health.

Camp Healing Hearts is for children ages 5 – 18 and their families who have lost a loved one to death.  The two-day event provides a safe environment where children and their families can develop coping skills both individually and within a community of others.  The work of play encourages a new sense of normalcy and allows children to find a voice for their grief.

Participants will convene for Camp Healing Hearts at 5 pm on Friday, May 20 and stay until 5:00 pm Saturday, May 21.  Camp Healing Hearts will be held at Camp Aldersgate, a “beautiful oasis in the heart of the state’s largest city” with 120 acres of wooded hills, 22 buildings, a six-acre lake, cabins, a fully accessible tree house, two pools and paved trails.  Unlike the traditional camp setting, Camp Healing Hearts unites families in the grief process by encouraging parents and guardians to attend the event alongside their children. 

Throughout the weekend, campers will reflect, reconnect and rediscover on an individual, family and community level by participating in therapeutic and recreational activities.  In “Heart to Heart” time, children, teens and parents will participate in age-tailored peer support sessions designed to provide a safe environment for the expression of grief.  Camp Healing Hearts will also provide participants the opportunity to take part in traditional camp activities such as a campfire with s’mores, fishing, swimming, arts and crafts and a ropes course.

The event is free, and deadline to register is April 29. For more information visit www.methodistfamily.org.