Camp Cason will be held during the long summer break, giving grieving children an opportunity to connect with others and not feel alone or isolated. In August 2017 Camp Cason is crucial to our opening in the fall. The camp will introduce the peer grief support to families, give our facilitators additional training and allow families who live in the far corners of Eastern Oregon to benefit in peer support who may not be able to make the bi monthly sessions. The camp will be 3 days for two and half hours each day. When children show up for their group they begin in the Group Circle Room. This room facilitates comfort in sharing and provides a place for transitioning into and out of the various activities. After beginning in the Group Circle Room, children are free to explore the other eight activity rooms and teens have five rooms to explore along with their assigned facilitator.
Grieving children and teens learn that they are not alone. Being a grieving child is a lonely experience. Often he or she is the only one in class who has had a parent or sibling die. At a time in a child's life when it feels very important to fit in, grief can make him or her feel different, isolated. Camp Cason allows a grieving child to be with other children who have similar feelings. It is such a relief for them to know that they are not alone. Grieving children learn that their feelings are perfectly normal. The feelings that accompany grief can be intense and overwhelming.
Camp Cason shows children that what they are experiencing, though painful, is perfectly normal. Grieving children have an opportunity to address their feelings and memorialize their loved ones. Children often do not have an avenue to express their grief or to honor and remember the person who died. Through a variety of means - including ritual, grief support, arts and crafts, and physical activities - children have the opportunity to explore and express feelings while memorializing the person who died.