Grief is courage, courage to keep walking through a life that feels as if it has ended. Losing someone you love is hard. Hard to understand, hard to cope with, hard to live with and hard to explain, especially to a child, or children. I remember having to tell my children that their dad was never coming home again. I got that call at exactly 5:12 am on Friday December 15, just 10 days before Christmas. I remember telling them the worst news that any child could hear, their dad was gone. He was never coming back.
The Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s main focus is to help families of Fallen Wildland Firefighters killed and to assist injured firefighters and their families. This is a responsibility that has been taken to heart. The Wildland Firefighter Foundation now is hoping to create a nugget of gold in the shape of a grief camp, but truly a Camp of Hope, for the children of our fallen heroes. This is what these children need...
1.a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
|synonyms:||aspiration, desire, wish, expectation, ambition, aim, goal, plan, design|
a feeling of trust.
1. want something to happen or be the case.
|synonyms:||expect, anticipate, look for, be hopeful of, pin one's hopes on, want|
Camp Hope is going to be our Grief Camp for kids. The camp will be dedicated to providing programs to children who have experienced the death of a loved one, whether it be a parent, grandparent, sibling, uncle, aunt or cousin. Camp Hope will take children from across the world and give them the capacity to grow, heal and to continue towards living the life that they have always dreamed about.
No two people grieve the same. Grief is unique for everyone, but for a child it is especially difficult to navigate. Loss and grief go hand in hand and are uncomfortable topics to discuss. Even as adults finding the help we need can be hard but, our children depend on us for first, acknowledgement of their grief and pain and second, recognizing the emotional isolation that can accompany their grief.
Kids may have heard about grief but are not quite sure what it is all about. Grief can be manifested in many different ways: anger and acting out, sadness, being clingy and then they might worry about who will take care of them now or they may fear that something might happen to the other parent, brother etc. Sometimes grief can affect their bodies. Kids are often tired or feel sleepy, or have trouble falling asleep. They may not feel like eating or may have headaches or stomachaches or all of a sudden they don’t feel like doing things they usually liked to do. All of these experiences are normal for grieving kids.
With grief and loss support, kids are less likely to develop behavior disorders, negative social skills and tend to do better in school. Children, like adults, do better when they are able to manage their grief in a positive, healthy way. Camp Hope will offer:
- Kids that are with other kids that have suffered similar losses. The peer to peer connection works wonders.
- Each child will be matched up with a "Wild “one. (Same gender, who has attended a certified training on children and grieving and has had a background check) A person connected to the Wildland community in one aspect or another so the children can get the feel, a real connection to someone who knows, or has even experienced Wildland Firefighting.
- Certified Grief therapists, medical personal and play therapists along with animal therapy.
- Have fun camping with others