Throughout our campers’ stay at Crossroads Kids, we take time to pause and reflect upon what we’re learning and share what we’re learning with one another in the safety of the group. Whether it’s learning that it’s okay to be sad, that it’s normal to be angry, or that it’s okay to still enjoy life after a loved one’s death, it’s shared within the compassionate atmosphere of peers and credentialed staff.
During our memory walks, our campers find items in nature that remind them of their loved ones and the memories they share. After finding their colorful flower, uniquely-shaped rock, or anything that may remind of their loved one, our campers share with one another the significance of their item and the memories that it holds.
Getting outdoors and breathing in the fresh air alongside their peers can allow children time to reflect and see how there’s so much beauty to enjoy and experience in the world, and that their loved one will continue to be with them no matter what.
After children experience loss, it’s common for them to begin to socially withdraw and shut out others. When children are given a safe place to share how they truly feel, without fear of judgement from peers, siblings, or adults, their ability to form bonds and meaningful friendships is reignited. Once campers see that they’re not the only one struggling with loss and that they don’t have to begin their healing journey alone, they create incredible, lasting friendships.
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