BBH’s camp for grieving children was held Saturday, June 4th at the beautiful Retreat at Bradley’s Pond! 

Big Bend Hospice helps children learn important coping skills so that they can deal with difficult losses. 

36 children from local communities enjoyed a day of playing with new friends and learning important ways to cope with their grief over the loss of a loved one. During the day, kids were able to take part in animal therapy with the wonderful dogs of the TMH Animal Therapy program, paint ball throwing to discuss difficult emotions, crafting to explore their memories of their loved ones, creative music, and dance, as well as a presentation from Sharron Pena with Flight of the Raptor on birds of prey. Organizer Katie Kliner, BBH’s Youth Counselor, told us, “It was heartwarming to see the connections that were being fostered among the kids,  and how everyone helped encourage and support their new friends was the most memorable part for me.”

We are so grateful to everyone who helped us make this day possible. Special thanks to our staff and volunteers, to Ragz for the great T-Shirts, and The Retreat at Bradley’s Pond for the beautiful “campground”.

If you missed Camp-Woe-Be Gone, BBH offers free monthly Children’s Nights (6-12) & Teen Nights (13-18) for youth who are grieving. The setting is casual with activities that help youth open up and connect with their peers. To register, call Katie Kliner at (850) 878-5310. For more information about bereavement services – available to anyone within our eight-county service area – visit