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Reflections on the development of a therapeutic recreation-based bereavement camp for families whose child has died from serious illness

Journal title
Death studies
Publication year
2018
Author(s)
Hanlon, P.; Guerin, S.; Kiernan, G.
Pages
593-603
Volume
42
Number
9

While bereavement camps serve as a support for children, this study examines a therapeutic recreation-based camp for families who have lost a child. The study triangulated documents, researcher reflection, and staff interviews to highlight the themes of Searching & Finding, Getting to Know, Finding the Balance, and Joining. Developing opportunistically through internal and external factors, the camp’s evolution represents a closing of the loop, from supporting families of living children to also supporting the families of children who have died. Understanding the camp’s evolution may facilitate other programs by highlighting the challenges in developing the program and the lessons learned.

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