Help Grieving Children Heal
For 20 years, the Wendt Center's Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC has offered grieving children (ages 7-17) an opportunity to enter a safe space—away from their everyday lives—to gently explore the normal yet overwhelming process of grief. For the past several years, I have had the honor of serving as a camp volunteer. This has enabled me to see the incredible power of Wendt Center's camp experience in action. I was excited to spend my fourth summer volunteering... and then COVID-19 hit.
As the global pandemic took hold, I knew camp would be impacted and I worried about all the kids and families who would miss out on this amazing opportunity. I was thrilled to learn that the Wendt Center had arrived at a plan to shift gears while increasing support for grieving children and families.
This year, Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC will shift from its traditional format—an overnight children’s camp—to a day camp for families in the fall. This will provide a unique opportunity to share memories and explore grief in a safe setting where all family members’ self-expression is heard, valued, validated, and honored.
Shifting from an overnight camp to a day camp is a safer approach that also affords the opportunity to integrate families into the healing process in a more meaningful, long-term way, as research shows that children heal more fully within the context of their family. This year’s family-focused approach will enable children and caregivers alike to receive their own comprehensive supports.
By incorporating caregivers into the camp programming this year, we will help to ensure that grieving children live in home environments where healing is understood and nurtured well into the future.
Please join us in generously supporting this amazing event! The Wendt Center is only able to provide Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC free of charge because of generous donors like YOU!