Children Dealing With Grief Find Healing At Camp Braveheart

(Bartlett, TN) Some children dealing with the death of a loved one are getting some help this summer dealing with their grief.

About 60 kids are attending Camp Braveheart this week in Bartlett.

It may look like your typical summer camp, but by overcoming obstacles like a 30-foot rock climbing wall, grief counselors are hoping the campers will also be able to overcome some of their fears.

“After they climb the wall or just touch it we give them a bracelet that has ‘Courage To Face The Wall’ on it,” said Camp Director Mary Elizabeth Jones.

Jeremy Ray, 17, lost his older sister to cancer and has been up the wall a number of times.

“I feel like I’m the boss. I do,” said Ray.

He’s at the camp with some of his relatives, including his nephew.

He says just being with kids going through the very same thing is helping him feel better.

“It helps us communicate by all the stuff we have in common,” said Ray.

Katie Metaxas knows something about that.

She came to Camp Braveheart ten years ago after her brother died in a car accident.

This year, she’s back as a camp counselor.

“There are all kinds of grief. I wanted to help them talk through their feelings and learn what grief is, because you really don’t see death as permanent,” said Metaxas.

Camp directors are hoping the kids will learn how to let go of their grief a little at a time.

Camp Braveheart is operated by Methodist Hospice and is free to children and their adult relatives or guardians.

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