Following the death of a loved one, it’s natural to feel grief. To help children and their families cope with a loss and make progress toward healing, we offer the Dottie Kissinger Bereavement Camp. Through understanding, support and expression, our camp helps families learn healthy coping skills, enhance self-esteem and connect with others facing similar circumstances.
The Banner Hospice/Dottie Kissinger Bereavement Camp is a free community program that helps grieving families work toward healing. The camp is unique as it offers entire families – not just children – an opportunity to learn how to cope with the loss of a loved one.
For more than 15 years, families who have experienced loss have come to the camp to learn how to ease feelings of guilt, anger and sadness. Led by Banner Health hospice volunteers, the camp combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support.
The camp is offered three times a year – just outside of Payson, Arizona and is open to the entire community.
The camp is free and open to any family. Contact us at (480) 657-1167 to begin the application process.
Helping a child through loss is a delicate and difficult challenge for parents and caregivers, especially when they are grieving as well. If ignored, grief can cause children to feel isolated and alone and puts them at higher risk for depression, suicide, poverty and substance abuse.
By providing a compassionate space and supportive resources, our camp helps families move forward together.
For more information regarding the Dottie Kissinger Bereavement Camp, please call (480) 657-1167.
Banner Health also offers the following resources to support families in their time of need: