HELP GRIEVING CHILDREN HEAL
Dear Friends and Family,
After last year's Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC, I sent you a description of some of my heartfelt experiences with the group of girls 8-10 years old (“Littles”) that I participated with as part of the volunteer mental health team. Participating in Camp is always emotional for me as I witness children in moments of healing, joy, release of emotion, and realization that they are not alone in their grief.
In this time of coronavirus, children who have lost parents and grandparents who were the anchors and lights in their lives have additional burdens of loss and grief. The isolation of social distancing with fears, illness, and death associated with Covid-19 add to the importance of the Wendt Center’s work to help children navigate layers of loss that can be overwhelming and devastating for them.
The 21st Camp Forget-Me-Not will be different this year because of the coronavirus. Plans are still being developed, but we know that this year’s Camp is being designed as a local, multi-day program instead of the weekend sleep-away camp, and will occur early in the Fall. I'll update you as details are released.
We have changed our format, but the results will be the same: providing grieving children who are struggling with the loss of parents, grandparents, and siblings with the opportunity to enter a safe space—away from their everyday lives—to gently explore the normal yet overwhelming process of grief.
Join me in supporting this "coronavirus-adapted" Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC.
The program being developed now is dependent on donated funds, so please send your donations in before August 31st to help the Wendt Center have the best programs available in the Fall
All the children will participate at no charge because of generous donors like you.!
Thank you so much, Donna