- Day camp provides grieving children a fun, emotionally safe environment for hope and healing through activities and support -
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2018) – Trustbridge, the local nonprofit hospice committed to providing compassionate care to patients and families who are facing serious illness, is pleased to announce that in partnership with the Tomorrow’s Rainbow organization, Trustbridge is offering an all-day camp to grieving children in elementary and middle school who have experienced the death of a loved one.
The Sea Star Program’s Club Seahorse will take place on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Tomorrow’s Rainbow in Coconut Creek, Fla. The purpose of Club Seahorse is to bring together children who have experienced the death of a loved one for support and friendship. This innovative grief support program includes the Tomorrow's Rainbow model of therapeutic miniature horse and other small farm animal interactions, peer support groups, art and play.
“Club Seahorse provides a new, unique support system to children who are grieving the death of a loved one. At camp, they will learn to identify ways to cope with change, improve their self-esteem, learn to recognize and validate feelings, and identify safe ways to express their grief,” said Michelle Miller, Senior Manager of Trustbridge bereavement programs. “In addition, campers will recognize that having fun, enjoying themselves and celebrating is still a part of life.”
According to Abby Mosher, Founder/Executive Director of Tomorrow's Rainbow, “One in 14 children in Florida will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the time they reach 18 years of age, yet most grieving children feel isolated and misunderstood. We are truly grateful to be able to partner with Trustbridge. Club Seahorse normalizes a grieving child's experience through camaraderie with other children that they can relate to. Combine that with age appropriate, enjoyable interventions for healthy grief expression, and you have a winning formula for resilience and success.”
As part of its community-wide grief support program, all bereavement workshops and family activities are open to everyone in the community who have experienced the death of a loved one. The Sea Star Program’s Club Seahorse is free for all children, and applications are being accepted through Oct. 5, 2018. To obtain an application, visit www.trustbridge.com, or call (888) 499-8393.
From hospice care to spiritual and emotional support, Trustbridge provides compassionate, professional health care for families facing any stage of life-limiting illness. Since 1978, our expert staff has cared for nearly 200,000 patients nearing end of life. As a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization, we care for all who want and qualify for our services, regardless of ability to pay. We offer the physical, emotional and spiritual care that brings comfort and dignity to those with terminal illness and their loved ones. Our multi-cultural staff respects all religions and cultural traditions. For families who need emotional support, we offer grief support services including individual and group counseling. For more information, visit www.trustbridge.com.
About Tomorrow’s Rainbow
Tomorrow's Rainbow is a special place for children that have experienced the death of a loved one. By incorporating miniature horse interactions with therapeutic play areas and facilitated peer support, children are given the tools necessary to take their own personal grief journey in a way that is meaningful to them. Tomorrow's Rainbow is a safe place where children feel, often for the first time, understood.
MEDIA CONTACT: Cristina Llorens, Trustbridge, (561) 227-5122, firstname.lastname@example.org
PROGRAM CONTACTS: Michelle Miller, Trustbridge, (561) 227-5215, email@example.com
Marla Berger, Tomorrow’s Rainbow, (954) 978-2390, TRainbowMAB@aol.com