Camp Sunrise: A Family Bereavement Retreat

Camp Sunrise is for families with children between the ages of 6 and 18 who have experienced the death of a primary family member within the last two-three years.

It is a chance to get away together for the weekend of September 3-5, 2010 at Fairlee Manor Recreation Center, located between Rock Hall and Chestertown.

Since it is a collaborative effort of three Eastern Shore hospice bereavement programs, it is primarily available to families from the Eastern Shore. It is offered free-of-charge.

The goals of Camp Sunrise are:
to encourage communication within each family, as each one grieves individually;
to restore a renewed sense of balance after the turmoil of losing a loved one;
to educate families about the grief process and prepare them for what they may encounter;
to provide families with the opportunity to share their grief with others.

There are many opportunities for families to have fun together, too! Fairlee Manor is a lovely setting, with a swimming pool, canoeing, campfires and walking trails. There are also high and low rope challenge courses serving as tools to build trust and communication.

There are a limited number of openings, and acceptance is based on need. Call Susan Brandon at Hospice of Queen Anne’s at 443-262-4109 if you need more information, or would like to refer a family to Camp Sunrise.

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