Camp and Bereavement Programs for Children and Teens
Shannon’s Hope (Spring and Fall Camps at Camp St. Christopher, Seabrook Island)
Shannon’s Hope is an initiative of Bridges. A therapeutic weekend camp, Shannon’s Hope targets children ages 6-15 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Shannon Heisler was the inspiration for the camp, which began in August 1989. The courage and hope demonstrated by this 16-year-old hospice patient, who died in November of 1988, were the driving forces behind the development of Shannon’s Hope.
Bridges collaborates with other organizations to make this unique program a community effort.
What happens at camp?
Through participation in fun, yet intense, activities, Shannon’s Hope campers are encouraged to speak openly about issues of death and grief. The experience is structured to teach the children that feelings such as sadness, fear, anger, and desperation are all normal aspects of the grieving process. Together they create friendships and support that allow them to identify and express their emotions in a safe, secure environment. It is a weekend of laughter, tears, sharing, and remembering.
How is the camp staffed?
Professional counselors facilitate the camp. Trained volunteer buddies provide compassionate individual support to the children. Together these adults help the children “create stepping stones from their stumbling blocks”.
Shannon’s Hope is held twice a year at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island. A fee of $35 per camper is requested; however, scholarships are available based on financial need. Bridges underwrites all camp costs. Referrals of campers are welcomed from parents, counselors, teachers, ministers, or other concerned persons. Transportation to and from camp is available.
To refer a camper or for questions, contact us at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-216-7323
Rainbows: Providing a healthy plan toward healing to those grieving a loss.
It’s no secret that many people are uncomfortable expressing their grief verbally. For children, it is even more difficult to put pain into words. All children need to know that their feelings matter. They need to feel physically and emotionally safe and feel accepted, not judged. Many need the support of a group. They need trust, and they need to be trusted. If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one due to illness or violence, please consider registering for the Rainbows classes. The only cost is your time!
Classes are offered in different locations throughout the year.
Candlelight Memorial Ceremony
For the past 25 years, our Bridges organization has helped people in the Lowcountry remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones with the Candlelight Memorial Ceremony
Each year, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the community comes together to hear an inspirational message and special music and to light luminaries. As part of our commitment to Veterans, we offer patriotic colored bags for Veteran luminaries. We are grateful for the contributions from the community, which support this event.
For more information, contact us at 843-216-7323 or email@example.com
Training for grief and bereavement professionals
In an effort to improve the quality of bereavement services in our community, Bridges sponsors seminars or virtual webinars on topics related to grief and loss for professionals working in the field of end-of-life care. When possible, CEU’s for social workers and nurses are provided.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or suggestions for a topic.