Campers are invited to the Oct. 4-5 session of Shannon's Hope, a therapeutic weekend camp for children ages 6 to 15 years who have experienced the death of a loved one in the past two years.

The camp is held by the nonprofit Bridges for End-of-Life in collaboration with MUSC and Roper Hospice.

Shannon's Hope campers are encouraged to speak openly about death and grief. The experience is structured to teach the children that feelings such as sadness, fear, anger and desperation are normal parts of the grieving process.

The camp, facilitated by professional counselors and trained volunteers, is held twice a year at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island.

A fee of $35 is requested, although scholarships are available based on financial need. Transportation is available.

Shannon Heisler, 16-year-old hospice patient who died in 1988, inspired the creation of Shannon's Hope. Bridges provides resources for end-of-life realities, aiming to provide neutral information and guidance to families.

To refer a camper, contact Lynn Greer at Bridges at lynn@bridgessc.org or 216-7323.

For more information, go to www.bridgessc.org or call 216-7323.

Jennifer Berry Hawes