Dear Family and Friends,
My dad died when I was 10 years old. I will never forget how I felt after hearing the news on September 28, 2018. I wished it wasn’t real. I wished I could rewind the clock. I wish I didn’t have to live my life without my dad. My dad meant the world to me. I treasure every picture, video and memory that I have with him.
The first few months without my dad was really hard for me. I felt so much sadness, fear, anxiety and anger. Holidays and birthdays were not the same. I kept asking myself how something like this could happen and processing my grief was a struggle. My mom was on a mission to find support programs which would help us process and accept this unbelievable loss. We heard about a summer camp called ‘Experience Camps’. Experience Camps is a national, no-cost program for grieving children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. This one-week, overnight summer camp and year-round programs help to reframe the experience of grief and empower kids to develop invaluable coping skills that enable them to move forward with their lives. Through compassion, connection, and play, Experience Camps empowers grieving children to embody a life full of hope and possibility. I had the opportunity to attend this grief camp the summer of 2019 (pictures above) and can’t wait to go back this summer!
For my Bat Mitzvah project, it would make me so happy if I could send grieving children to Experience Camps. This camp is so special and has had a huge impact on me, that I want to be able to give others a chance to attend. I am so thankful that a camp like this exists. My goal is to raise $10,000.
Thank you for your support and donation in honor of my Bat Mitzvah. It is so meaningful and I think my dad would be so proud of me.
Lots of love,