Grieving children invited to Shannon’s Hope camp

Campers from a recent Shannon’s Hope weekend pose for a photograph.

Children who have experienced the death of a loved one in the past three to 24 months are invited to an upcoming therapeutic weekend camp called Shannon’s Hope.

Camper openings are available for Oct. 5-6. The camp, for children ages 6 to 15 years old, is offered by Hospice of Charleston Foundation along with Hospice Care of America, the Medical University of South Carolina and Roper Hospice.

Through participation in fun, yet intense, activities, Shannon’s Hope campers are encouraged to speak openly about issues of 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.

Campers will have a chance to create friendships and find support that allow them to identify and express their emotions.

Shannon’s Hope is held twice a year at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island. A fee of $35 is requested. However, scholarships are available based on financial need. Transportation to and from camp is available.

The inspiration behind Shannon’s Hope is Shannon Heisler, a 16-year-old Hospice of Charleston patient who died in 1988.

The camp began the following year.

For more

To refer a camper or for questions, contact Kathy Berry at Hospice of Charleston Foundation at or 216-7323. For more, go to