Camp eases families, children through death of a loved one

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A Grand Strand hospice is hoping its bi-annual "Camp Happy Hearts" will help ease families and children through the loss of a loved one.

MercyCare will be hosting the camp on April 10 at 10 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, continuing throughout the day. Any child in the community who has suffered a loss – through the death of a loved one or foster care placement – is welcome to attend.

Whether the children are making "memory boxes" for a mother or grandfather they are missing, or blowing them "bubbles to heaven," they learn it's all right to grieve and even better to laugh.

"There is such an incredible need in our community for programs like Camp Happy Hearts," states Sara-Jo Faucher, Executive Director and CEO for Mercy Care. "We have seen hundreds of children from all across Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties attend this special camp.  When a child suffers a loss, it is imperative to help them grieve in healthy ways.  Oftentimes, children do not realize that it is normal and okay to laugh and be silly.  They tend to feel guilty for wanting to be children.  Camp Happy Hearts is an outlet for them to explore all their feelings – sad, happy and mad –that are all normal and okay."

Camp Happy Hearts is one component of Mercy's comprehensive children's program. Mercy offers individual and group counseling for suffering children.  Mercy works closely with the school systems and Department of Social Services to identify children who can benefit from working with our highly trained counselors.

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