Fifty campers aged 6-17 and 30 volunteers just returned from three days at Camp Erin in Mount Potosi. Camp Erin is a grief camp founded by Major League Baseball Player Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen. Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas partnered with the Moyer Foundation to allow fifty grieving children from the Las Vegas area to gather together in a safe and fun environment to not only work on their grief but to also have a fantastic camp experience at no cost to the camper.
The campers created a memory board with photos of and messages to their family members who have died. The campers learned six keys to healing: GRIEF, COPE, REMEMBER, SUPPORT, LOVE, and HOPE and created a totem pole of healing using these six keys. The campers were encouraged to feel their feelings and to express them in productive ways. They wrote confidential letters to their deceased loved ones sending them a message of good-bye, I miss you, I love you, I am sorry, please forgive me or I forgive you. Later in the evening they burnt their letters and watched the smoke take the message to their loved one. This was a very emotional but healing ritual.