Talk. About. Grief.
June 2021 will mark 9 years without my brother. Woah. You’d think it would get easier, but nope, it still hits like a bag of bricks. Everything about grief can feel so crushing, like someone sitting on your chest, but there has been one place that has made it a little more bearable...Experience Camps.
Experience Camps changes lives, and I am lucky to have worked there for over 2 years.
From the opening sharing circle to closing campfire, and everything in between, our campers tap into the deepest parts of themselves — parts that have been hurt the most in their short lives. It happens in the grief activities, but also on a walk to the pool, during a game of kickball, or over a meal. It's the omnipresent understanding that no matter who you're next to, you are not alone, and you are free to talk about the things, and the people, that the world so often tells you not to bring up. Our campers not only share their own stories, but showcase compassion, understanding, and empathy towards their cabin mates and new friends. It’s something quite remarkable to witness.
So, How do you give thanks to a place so beautiful, so pure, so raw? How do honor a place that holds you and your hurt so tight in it's arms? By giving back so future kids never have to feel alone in their grief.
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. Join me.
P.S. - Jordan, if you're out there somewhere listening, I hope I've made you mad proud.
*Source: COVID-19 and Grief