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Family Bereavement Camp for Child Loss

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After the death of a child, the family system is in complete disarray. They are faced with the task of reconstructing relational bonds with each other in the absence of the child who died. They seek a “new normal” in their roles and routines. Incorporating the past and weaving it into the present is a difficult process that requires enormous emotional and physical energy as the new family system unfolds over time. Unfortunately during bereavement, families are also faced with feelings of isolation and ostracism.

Bereavement camps provide a safe environment to learn about grief, express feelings and build networks of support and friendship. Bereavement camps have been used as one means of assisting children to cope with the loss of loved ones. This concept can be expanded to include the entire family system.

The purpose of a family bereavement camp is to provide opportunities for families to network with other families who have lost a child, decreasing the sense of isolation; for rebuilding through activities; commemorating and remembering; creating new positive family memories.

Knowing that individuals do not grieve in isolation and keeping with our hospice philosophy of treating the whole family, we sought to create a healing experience for the entire family. Our search revealed that while there was a well established camp for grieving children in our community, we could not find a bereavement camp for the whole family. In addition we wanted the camp to be specific to the loss of a child.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, Family Bereavement Camp for Child Loss created by Tina Ulanowski, M.Ed. and Marcella Cameron Meyer, MSW, LISW-S in 0.



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Course Material Authors

Tina Ulanowski, M.Ed.

Tina Ulanowski, M.Ed. received a bachelors in Child and Family Development from the University of Akron in 1987 and a Masters in Counseling Education from the University of North Texas in 1991. She is certified as a Child Life Specialist and has over 15 years of experience in working with child services. Tina’s services provided include: implementing child life services for patients on pediatric units, implementing and directing Play and Activity Therapy on Psychiatric Units, developing policies and procedures for Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit, developing curriculum for extended care programs, and developing a hospice child life program for providing normalizing and therapeutic interventions for patients.

Marcella Cameron Meyer, MSW, LISW-S

Marcella Cameron Meyer, MSW, LISW-S, PhD candidate works at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital StarShine Hospice and Palliative Care. Marcella has been a Bereavement Coordinator and Social Worker, for the past 13 years. They have been providing a family bereavement camp for bereaved families for the past 6 years. Marcella has been working in the area of hospice, grief and bereavement for 20 years, with research interests in family systems, grief, and loss.

Course Creator

Tyler Gibson

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers who seek knowledge about bereavement camps for grieving children. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Provide a framework and recommendations for other clinicians interested in developing a family bereavement camp or similar program

  2. Suggest ideas to involve the whole family (ages and grieving styles) in the camp experience

  3. Discuss tips for training family bereavement camp counselors and volunteers

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