Camp Brave Heart/Hospice Austin

Hospice Austin is one of many local hospice organizations across the country offering special programs for children and young people in grief.  In past years, I have had the privilege of being a volunteer and counselor for Camp Brave Heart, and I highly recommend these types of programs.  Following times of grief, children and young people need opportunities to laugh again in safe and secure settings.  Such is the mission of Camp Brave Heart.

For 2009, Camp Brave Heart  will be offered from August 3-5, 2009 at the John Knox Ranch near Wimberley, Texas.  Young campers between the ages of six and 17 can choose from many activities, including swimming, hiking, crafts, enjoying canoe rides, and a ropes course for some.  The entire camp is free.  For more information, call 512/342-4700 or visit the Hospice Austin website to obtain an application.

Here’s to moments of laughter, hope and promise for people of all ages going through grief.  Blessings, Melody

A Journal Perspective

Not long ago, University United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas where I worship, recently posted the attached article in the Church’s Quarterly Journal about Journeys of Heartche and Grace: Conversations and Life Lessons from Young People With Serious Illnesses, which I thought might be of interest to you. 

UUMC Quarterly Journal Feb March 2009