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Camp Offers Sessions for Children and Their Parents or Guardians
For the 22nd year, Palmetto Health Hospice is sponsoring Brett’s Rainbow Bereavement Camp on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Westwood High School, 180 Turkey Farm Rd., Blythewood, SC. The camp is designed for children ages 5-18 who have experienced the death of a family member or other significant person. The camp also includes day-long activities for the parents or guardians of the children. Brett’s Rainbow is offered free of charge and is made possible by community contributions to Palmetto Health Hospice and a grant from the Hospice Education Institute.
“Families often find it can be challenging to help their children deal with death, especially when the adults themselves are overwhelmed with grief,” said Karen Brazell, Palmetto Health Hospice bereavement program coordinator and Brett’s Rainbow camp director. “The mission of Brett’s Rainbow is to improve the emotional, psychological and spiritual health of grieving children and their families. The camp and its volunteers provide children and adults a place to share their stories, learn from one another and experience positive methods to help them heal.”
The camp’s name, “Brett’s Rainbow,” is in memory of Brett Hall; an 8-year-old boy cared for by Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and Palmetto Health Hospice. Hall died in 1988.
Camper applications are due by Friday, Oct. 3. To register, call 803-296-3100 or 1-800-238-1884; or email Karen.Brazell@PalmettoHealth.org or Peggy.Copulsky@PalmettoHealth.org. For more information, visit CampSite.PalmettoHealth.org.
About Palmetto Health Hospice
With offices in Columbia and Newberry, Palmetto Health Hospice provides care to terminal patients and their families in 13 counties in South Carolina including Aiken, Calhoun, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Saluda, Sumter and Union. Palmetto Health Hospice is a non-profit organization that has been serving patients since 1979. Patients are accepted without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, disease, handicap or religion.
About Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital was South Carolina’s first pediatric hospital. Each year, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital treats more than 80,000 sick and injured children. As a major pediatric referral center, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital maintains more than 30 medical subspecialties devoted strictly to children. For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org/ChildrensHospital.