Camp Heart: Family Bereavement Camp

Date & Time
November 4, 2018
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Camp Heart: Family Bereavement Camp

Camp Heart is a daylong bereavement camp for families, teens, and children ages 6 and up who have experienced a significant loss. Filled with music, games, crafts, and farming, the day will combine emotional support, grief education, and farm experience for both children and adults. Groups will be led by grief professionals and farm educators. The program begins at 1:00 pm and the participants are taken through an embodied journey to honor their loved one(s) and their loss. The journey culminates with a ritual which includes crafting, a procession, and camp fire. There is opportunity for group time, individual attention, and solo time with the chickens and the farm.

Camp Heart brings people of all faiths and walks of life together with the universal need of tending to our losses. It is accessible and free to all and there will be no specific religious practice or tradition employed in this event.

Please register below. A representative from Vitas Healthcare will reach out to you shortly after to follow-up with further registration instructions.

Schedule of the Day:

1:00 – 1:30 pm: Orientation & opening ceremony
1:30 – 3:15 pm: Group time with farm activities, games, and art
3:15 – 3:45 pm: Break time, snack time, and one-on-one time
3:45 – 5:10 pm: Group time with farm activities and preparing for ritual
5:10 – 6:00 pm: Ritual around the camp fire

*Children and parents will be together during orientation, breaks, and the ritual closing andseparate during group times.

“My daughters still sing the song we sang, sleep with their lanterns, and plead with me to bring them back. (Camp Heart) gave them skills and ways to cope. Camp Heart was somewhere they could feel with their hands and hearts, smell and taste… Kids need to use all of their senses to get the picture, and Camp Heart did that.”

VITAS® Healthcare, a pioneer and leader in the hospice movement since 1978, is the nation’s largest provider of end-of-life care. Our name is derived from the Latin word for “lives” and symbolizes the VITAS mission: to preserve the quality of life for those who have a limited time to live.

Graciously catered by El Patio Berkeley.