Camp Solari Bereavement Camp
Camp Solari is a bereavement camp for children and their families – it is our opportunity to teach children healthy ways to express their feelings, meet others who are experiencing similar losses and continue life while honoring the lost loved one. This is done in a positive environment with some of the best grief and loss professionals in the country. The camp is held in a removed location so that the families can focus on the issues and not the day-to-day hustle.
Camp Solari is supported through donations, fundraisers and grants. Attendees are chosen based on need and prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis. All weekend activities (including lodging, meals, counseling and materials) are free to camp participants!
To learn more about Camp Solari or for an application, click here for the Solari Hospice Foundation website.
Camp Solari strives to help kids and their surviving loved ones work through their grief to live joyful and fulfilling lives. Together with their families, these children grow and learn to express their grief in a healthy way while meeting others who have experienced similar losses.
“My goal is to assist in eliminating potential dysfunction in these children and release them back into the world to look forward to life with joy, zeal and enthusiasm,” states Gary Polsky, president and founder, Solari Hospice Foundation.
From the counselors...
"Every weekend I am amazed at the changes I see families go through in such a short period of time. The connections they make with others going through similar experiences is invaluable in helping them deal with their losses. I believe we feel to heal. At Camp Solari, a loving and nurturing environment is created wehre healing happens moment to moment." -Holly Sack
"I have seen teens come on Friday night so scared and in so much pain, made worse by not feeling like they have a safe place to share. Then by the end of the weekend, they seem to have a new sense that 'things are going to be alright.' These young people are truly amazing at telling the truth, maybe in some ways even better than their parents, who've had more years practicing how to hold in painful emotions. I have been extremely honored to join the staff teams that come together to offer these servies, and am very grateful that Solari Hospice has the foresight to make this all possible in the communities they serve." -Lance Botthof
"It is so profound when kids connect with each other so they don't feel like they're the only one. [Camp] just gives them that space and opportunity to explore." -Gail Cohen
Gail Cohen and two Camp Solari kids