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Camp Lighthouse: A Caring Place For Grieving Children 

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Certified professionals, volunteers help children and their families healing from grief 

Chesapeake, VA (March 2, 2012)
– Now in it’s seventh year, Camp Lighthouse is a unique camp for children dealing with grief.

Hosted by Sentara Hospice, the two-day camp is a safe place where feelings of grief can be expressed without having to worry about the reactions of others. Certified professionals and volunteers help children and their families explore issues related to grief. Walking beside them as they take the steps needed to heal. By sharing their grief with others, children and adults begin to let it go.

Camp Lighthouse

Who can attend Camp Lighthouse?
Children ages 5 to 16, with age specific groups planned for children 5 to 12, and teens 13 to 16, who have experienced the death of a close family member or friend within the past two years. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend the adult grief camp where they can explore their grief, as well as their children's grief through planned activities. 

When is Camp?
April 21 and 22, 2012

Children arrive in the morning and leave in the afternoon.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(Lunch and snacks are provided.)


Where is the Camp?
Triple-R Ranch
3531 Bunch Walnuts Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Map and directions



How do I register my child?
Call (757) 553-3000 or toll free (888) 461-5649 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and ask to speak with a camp intake person. A registration packet will be mailed.

What does the camp cost?
Camp Lighthouse is partially funded by contributions from the community. There is a registration fee of $15. Scholarships are available. 


Some testimonials from past participants:

  • "It helped my children understand that they were not alone in their loss of a loved one. And it helped me understand that grief is a process."

  • "My daughter had a very positive experience and got to share her feelings. The camp was such a nurturing environment for both of us to learn and share."

  • "Wonderful! The age appropriate activities helped us cope with feelings of grief and begin to heal. Thank you."

Related Links:
Sentara Home Care Services
Hospice Program
Camp Lighthouse

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