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SandCastles 2019 Grief Camp

June 13, 2019
Camp Ceremony

DETROIT— Enrollment is underway for Henry Ford SandCastle’s special weekend camp for children and teens mourning the death of a loved one.

The bereavement camp will be held Aug. 16-18 at Camp Tamarack in northern Oakland County.

Now in its 23rd year, SandCastles Camp, provides a safe and supportive environment where youngsters, ages six to 18, feel at ease expressing their grief. Being with their peers helps create a sense of connectedness for the young campers. They make new friends and learn they are not alone in their struggles to adapt to a new normal.

In addition to engaging in activities to honor their loved one, the campers take part in traditional fun camp activities that promote joy and laughter.

SandCastles camp, provided at no cost to families, is 100 percent funded through donations and fundraisers. Henry Ford SandCastles is part of Henry Ford Health System’s hospice program.

This amazing annual event not only helps children heal, it is also a rewarding and memorable experience for the volunteers. Adults with a desire to replace hurt with happiness for grieving children are encouraged to volunteer for the camp. Training is provided.

Volunteer applications are available online at https://aboutsandcastles.org/. The deadline for submission is July 17.

Orientation for volunteer helpers will be held from 6-7 p.m., Wed., July 24 at Henry Ford Health System, 1 Ford Place, Detroit, 48202.

Camp registration for children and teens is open on a first come, first served bases through July 8 or until all spaces are filled.

To register a child for camp and for information, contact SandCastles at (313) 771-7005.


MEDIA CONTACT: Synthia Bryant / sbryant3@hfhs.org / 313.874.4036