Local camp helps grieving children

A group of 25 children coping with the death of a loved one recently converged at Tomorrow’s Rainbow in Coconut Creek.

The event, a joint effort with TrustBridge Health, brought youngsters together in a peaceful, farm-like setting to take part in peer support groups and therapeutic play, ride ponies and share their feelings and experiences with others who’ve gone through the same thing.

“Tomorrow’s Rainbow is an oasis that provides grief support to children and teens that have suffered the tragic death of a loved one. Peer support groups are combined with therapeutic play areas, such as a teddy bear hospital, musical garden, puppet theater, sand box, water table and art pavilion, to guide grieving children toward a more joyful, resilient future,” said Abby Mosher, founder and executive director.

Christina Dekkar, TrustBridge’s counseling resource lead, attended a course at Tomorrow’s Rainbow, which ultimately led to the partnership.

“My colleagues and I attended one of their classes, and we liked what they do,” she said. “We’re looking to do other camps with them on days that children are out of school.”

Mosher appreciated the partnership offer.

“With no government financial support, the agency relies on the generosity of individuals and corporations to provide services free of charge, so strategic partnerships are essential,” she said.

Tomorrow’s Rainbow provides miniature horse interactions, therapeutic play areas and facilitated peer support

Marta Knowles enrolled son Brandon, 10, in the camp to help him deal with the grief of losing both his grandparents within four months last year. She plans to send him to another camp, as well as Saturday support groups.

“It was a great experience for him, and he wasn’t ready to go home. He was so happy when I picked him up, and he shared his experience with me on the way home,” said Knowles, of Margate. “… He was very close to his grandparents, and we’re still trying to deal with it, but now he’s starting to open up and we’re able to have open conversations. I’m so glad I learned about them, and I truly believe in them.”

For more information, visit TomorrowsRainbow.org or call 954-978-2390.

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/fl-cn-rainbow-1122-20151119-story.html

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