Let's Normalize Talking About GRIEF
This summer marked 10 years living in a world without my dad. Some days I feel like my chest is heavy and even breathing seems like too much effort. Other days I can't believe how far I have come after experiencing heartbreaking grief. Unfortunately, I am not alone in living without a loved one.
There's one week every year that makes the years passing easier and the grief less heavy - EXPERIENCE CAMPS.
Experience Camps is a free one-week camp for kids who have experienced the loss of a parent, sibling, or other caregiver. It's a place where kids get to be kids and they get to spend a week with other kids who "get it."
The closing campfire is truly the most moving and humbling experience. Each and every camper has an opportunity to stand in front of the entire camp and share their story. These kids are strong. These kids are resilient. These kids need camp.
$2,500 is my goal for this fundraiser because it will cover one camper's week-long overnight camp experience. This will change their life.
Why we need your help:
2020 has brought a year of hardship for all and grief for many. 1 in 5 children are grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or caregiver. And over 1 million children have been directly impacted by a COVID-related death.* With grief support needed more than ever, we must come back bigger and better in 2021 and meet the anticipated increase in demand due to COVID-19. To make that happen, we need your help.
From November 16th - December 31th, we are running a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Experience Camps. But this is no ordinary fundraising campaign. It’s also a way to share the stories of loss that so many of us have experienced. It’s a way to show grieving children that they are not alone. And to ensure that we can send as many grieving kids to camp in 2021 as possible.
We’ll be looking to you, our supporters, to join together to fill the funding gap created by COVID-19 and ensure that we can fund 1,200 campers to attend camp next summer. That’s a 33% increase from last year to help meet the demand we’re seeing for our programs.
You have the power to make a real impact in the lives of grieving children and have your friends and family rally around a cause that you care deeply about.
*Source: COVID-19 and Grief
Learn More about Experience Camps:
Experience Camps are nationally recognized summer camps for grieving children, ages 9-17, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or caregiver. We give grieving children experiences that will change their lives forever. With nearly 5 million children in the US currently grieving the loss of a close family member, the need is enormous.
Experience Camps operates summer camp programs in 10 locations nationwide, and provides ongoing opportunities throughout the year for support, connection and community. We reframe the experience of grief and empower our campers to develop invaluable coping skills that enable them to move forward with their lives.
Since 2009, Experience Camps has transformed the lives of thousands of children by bringing light to the profound darkness of grief. We offer a community where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, honor the memory of the person who died or forget the grief that weighs them down. It's a home away from home. And just about everyone will tell you... "It's the best week of the year."