The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing in Washington, DC, helps individuals confront and deal with their grief in constructive ways. Understanding that grieving children often face unique challenges, the organization seeks to foster community and connection through Camp Forget-Me-Not and Camp Erin DC, which are open to young people between the ages of 6 and 16 who have experienced loss. These camps are not designed as therapy but rather as a venue for relaxation and exploration.
These two camps endeavor to create supportive, understanding environments where children can express their thoughts and emotions and feel both safe and heard. Each camper is paired with an adult volunteer for the weekend. These “buddies” are volunteers who receive extensive training and serve as models for operating within the grief process. Additionally, licensed therapists and counselors lead sessions throughout the camp experience.
Both camps also offer the traditional camp experiences, from swimming and canoeing to campfire activities and crafts, as well as specialty activities like initiative and confidence courses, music therapy, journaling, and meditation.