Camp Healing Hearts now underway

Hospice of the Sacred Heart will host Camp Healing Hearts, a five-day camp Aug. 1-5 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to provide grief education to children ages 8 to 14 who have experienced the death of a loved one. 

Children work with trained bereavement counselors and members of the regional arts community to help them progress towards acceptance of the loss and use the arts as a means of self-expression. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Camp Healing Hearts will be conducted safely via Zoom Video Conferencing. Jennifer Seechock, Hospice of the Sacred Heart Director of Counseling Services, will be available throughout the week for media interviews. 

The five-day camp is free and is made up of two back-to-back 60-minute instructional sessions each day to provide a sense of routine, consistency and ultimately closure for the entire process. Each session utilizes a different theme explored through the arts. Bereavement counselors will be available throughout the week if any campers or family members require individual support. 

Community volunteers lend their time to campers with artistic projects in painting, writing, photography, yoga, dance, singing and cooking/baking. Friday’s session will be held in person at Montage Mountain Waterpark. Social distancing will be observed. 

A video retrospective of Camp Healing Hearts will be presented before the feature film at the Circle Drive-In, 1911 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Dickson City, on a date to be determined. 

Jennifer Seechock is Director of Counseling Services for Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

Hospice of the Sacred Heart is a not-for-profit, free standing hospice program serving Northeastern Pennsylvania since 2004. The main office is located in Moosic, with an Inpatient Unit located in Dunmore. 

Care was provided for over 1,000 patients in 2021 and over 18,000 to date. Hospice of the Sacred Heart employs approximately 120 employees throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Volunteers provided over 2,000 hours of support to patients and families in 2021. Most volunteer activities were suspended in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit www.HospiceSacredHeart.org

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