NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (July 18, 2014) – Kids at Gulfside Hospice’s upcoming day camp will get to take an imaginary adventure through the “Moody Mountain Range” as they learn to work through their feelings and emotions after losing a loved one.
The day camp is for kids ages six through twelve and will be held as part of Gulfside’s Mending Hearts Children’s Bereavement Program on Friday, August 1from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Gulfside’s Bereavement and Community Outreach Center, 6224 Lafayette Street in New Port Richey.
“The kids will go to the mad canyon, the teary valley, the worry waterfall and the happy mountain,” said Kelly Cavagnetto, children’s activity coordinator for Gulfside. “At each stop, they will work on an activity to help them process their feelings.”
At the mad canyon, the kids will write things that make them mad on a canvas, and then throw paint at it to make a unique piece of abstract art. At the teary valley, they will work on writing a letter to or a poem about their loved one. When they arrive at the worry waterfall, the kids will get to make worry dolls out of popsicle sticks, ribbons and other decorations. At the top of happy mountain, the kids will end the day by planting flowers in the Healing Garden, having a water fight and enjoying ice cream sundaes and floats.
“We want to remind them that even though they are going through all of these difficult feelings, they can still have fun,” said Cavagnetto.
Gulfside offers a variety of bereavement services, most available to all community members, free of charge, regardless of previous association with the hospice. Bereavement services include support groups, counseling for families of Gulfside patients, memorial services and children’s bereavement programs. For more information about Gulfside’s bereavement services, call 727-844-3946.
Gulfside Hospice, established as a nonprofit corporation in Pasco County in 1988 and initially licensed in 1989, serves more than 350 patients daily. Gulfside employs over 250 professionals and has more than 525 volunteers, and is the only hospice that serves Pasco County exclusively. For more information about Gulfside Hospice, call 800-561-4883 or visit www.GHPPC.org.