The Austin Center for Grief and Loss (formerly My Healing Place) is a nonprofit bereavement- counseling center that will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. From August 7 to 11, the center will launch Camp Red Bird, a one-week day camp for children ages 6 through 12 that have experienced a loss. A licensed therapist will lead Camp Red Bird, incorporating therapeutic arts and crafts, games and traditional outdoor activities. Children will interact with their peers that have suffered similar losses. The goal is to develop healthy coping skills, identify and acknowledge grief and restore a sense of normalcy in the child’s life space.
Nearly 1 in 20 children in the United States will lose a parent before the age of 16. Children that lose a parent often suffer in silence and are at much greater risk for depression, suicide and substance abuse. According to the New York Life Foundation, 41 percent of grieving children pretend to be okay because of concerns about upsetting the surviving parent; 73 percent believe their lives would have been much better off if their parent had survived; and 57 percent report they would trade a year of their life to spend one more day with their deceased parent. Children suffer similar responses when they lose siblings or those close to them.
As a premier center for grief, loss and trauma therapy, the Austin Center for Grief and Loss offers individual therapy and group sessions. They serve individuals that have experienced the death of a loved one from illness, accident, suicide or violence, as well as non-death losses such as abuse, traumatic accident, divorce and job loss.
For more information, call 512-472-7878 or visit AustinGrief.org.