Hospice of the North Coast’s “Camp H.O.P.E. (Healing Outdoor Play Experience)” is the only bereavement camp in San Diego County that includes the whole family. It gives them a chance to communicate with one another and better understand the unique nature of each family members grieving experience.
What is Camp H.O.P.E.?
The only bereavement camp in San Diego County that includes the whole family. It gives theme a chance to communicate with one another and better understand the unique nature of each family member’s experience.
Is this just for Hospice families?
No. It is open to all families in the community who have had a loss. Some families attend more than one years.
What do you do at Camp H.O.P.E.?
Expressive arts; age appropriate groups; pet therapy; massage and Reiki, yoga and movement for stress reduction; music and drama; play therapy; drumming circle, ritual and planting of a memorial tree.
Why is it so important to process grief?
Grief support helps prevent destructive behaviors (i.e., depression, substance abuse and suicidal ideation) by providing support, guidance and psycho-education to children, teens and their families.
Does it cost anything?
No. However, registration is required. To register, call us at 760-431-4100 or download and fill out the registration form.
Why is it important to be outdoors in nature?
It allows for a variety of ways of expressing feelings in a beautiful and non-threatening environment. Not everyone grieves in the same way, and the setting is broad enough to allow for flexibility.
“For the first time since my Dad died, I didn’t feel alone.” — Anna, age 9
“Legacy of Love” – Camp H.O.P.E., June 2015
One of the activities last year was for attendees to write messages of love to their loved ones. The words were then turned into this beautiful song by Noelle Pederson, Music Therapist-Board Certified and Director of Programs for MusicWorx Inc.
Legacy of Love
You made our family whole and brought us great joy
Never will forget your laugh and sweet voice
You showed me the world and to appreciate
All the hidden jewels within everything
Memories – of what used to be
in my heart is where I will keep Memories – of you and me
in my heart you will always be – Your Legacy
Everyday the sun shines down on me
If the sun wasn’t there, no shadows could there be
You’ll always be one of my nicest thoughts
I’ll always remember you, I miss you so much
Love and Hope can heal
The love that we shared, forever real Love and Hope can heal
I honor each emotion that I feel ~ Your Legacy
You gave the perfect gift anyone could give All the things you taught me,
I never will forget You were always there and inspired me
I feel you close whenever I need…