Grief Camp in the Works for Bradley County Children

CLEVELAND, TN (WDEF) – Dogs are a sight for sore eyes, especially when we’re talking about the eyes of children who lost loved ones.

Amy Hicks with Helping Paws, Healing Hearts, says, "In this community, so much focus is put on adults in their healing process that often children are overlooked."

To make sure grieving children are not overlooked Hicks and Chrissy Jones helped start a grief camp in Bradley County.

Hicks adds, "And we have now added a parent component for the parents to come and grieve in their own way."

Pet therapy is just one tool these women use to get children to open up.

Professionals dealing with art, music, and play therapy are also brought in for the 2-day camp.

Hicks says, "For a child, a death is traumatic and when those children leave on saturday, they all feel like they have 50 new friends who feel what they have felt."

These organizers say the need for this exclusive camp is so great that they have to turn people away.

Jones says, "I think the best part is seeing the kids realize that they’re not alone, they’re not the only one that has suffered a loss, they’re not the only one that feels like they don’t know where to turn and no one understands them."

That’s why these woman do what they do … they enjoy seeing children walk away saying, "I am not alone."

The camp scheduled for September 19th and 20th is for children ages 6 to 18-years-old.

You can register September 9th at the Blythe-Bower Elementary School at 4 p.m.

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