The Dottie Kissinger Bereavement Camp is a free community program designed to help children cope with the loss of a loved one.
The camp is offered twice a year - once in the spring and once in the fall - in the cool pines just outside Payson, Arizona, and is led by Banner Hospice staff and volunteers.
Children and parents participate in activities that inform, educate, and provide opportunities to talk about very difficult aspects of loss.
We have helped families who have experienced losses such as grandparents who died from an illness, or sudden accidental deaths of parents or siblings.
The program is not limited to those associated with Banner Hospice, but is open to the entire community.
For more information about the camp, please contact:
Cindy Darby, Banner Hospice Bereavement Coordinator at (480) 657-1167.
Learn what one family experienced and learned at one of our recent bereavement camps.
Life is different after a loss and many people need help returning to a full, active life.
Banner Hospice offers a 3-month educational Grief Recovery Program that follows a step-by-step approach as a way of healing from loss.
The program addresses death and divorce as well as other significant emotional losses. During each 3-month session, participants learn tools to regain a sense of meaning, value and joy.
Open sessions at the beginning of the program encourage new members to join. Then it becomes a private, closed group for the remainder of the module. These programs meet weekly for two hours.
Participants follow a step-by-step approach by using a textbook and a structured format.
All meetings are led by specialists trained by the Grief Recovery Institute and are offered throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.
These grief support groups are open to the public. Please contact our bereavement coordinator to answer any questions you have at (480) 657-1167.