By: Connie Gonzalez
The tragic loss of a loved one can be life changing- and for children the grieving process is typically complex.
The annual Children's Bereavement Camp "Camp I Believe" is in its sixth year helping those ages .
This is a tender process and the goal for the camp is to make the children feel comfortable to progress in their grieving---therefore out of respect we could not expose their identities on camera.
"We believe that with children with loss when they're around other children who have lost a loved one- there's something magical and something healing about that."
Children tend to grieve a little differently compared to adults.
"it's not unusual for a child to be running around playing- I mean looking like a normal child- then all of a sudden they'll sort of be overwhelmed and have a little grief experience."
At "Camp I Believe" the children participate in several activities with a loving adult who serve as their "buddy" for the day.
"The kids will have a chance to be kids and just be around one another and have fun."
Only those ready to open up to the rest of the camp- share their personal story and memories...
"I made an airplane out of clay because I got to go in the airplane with him."
One little girl returned to "Camp I Believe" after experiencing a third loss.
"My papi and my grandma and they both had cancer and my sister she did not have a brain so that caused her to pass."
"My grandma and my grandpa they loved flowers they always planted flowers in their front yard in the spring and the summer- and my papi he always loved golf- and before he passed he gave my dad all these golf clubs which is really cool."
At the end of camp parents will be invited back to experience a memorial ceremony with their child-- remembering the special individual who passed.