Offering children ways to cope with and heal from the loss of a loved one is the goal of Camp Dragon, hosted by The Hope Center, an outreach program of Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties. The spring ssession is scheduled for March 21 through 23 at All Saints Camp on Lake Texoma.

Offering children ways to cope with and heal from the loss of a loved one is the goal of Camp Dragon, hosted by The Hope Center, an outreach program of Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties. The spring ssession is scheduled for March 21 through 23 at All Saints Camp on Lake Texoma.


Camp Dragonfly is a weekend retreat, led by professional clinicians and trained staff, for children ages 8 to 12 who have suffered the death of a loved one. During the weekend, campers have the opportunity tp participate in art activities, games, nature hikes, discussions and a campfire. Before picking up their children on Sunday, parents will receive a packet of materials and have a chance to talk with a counselor on how to support their child in the grief process.


Children grieve differently than adults. Some have behavior problems, struggle with school work, become argumentative or fearful, hesitate to be away from a parent or don’t like to be alone. They often feel isolated, thinking no one understands. A goal of Camp Dragonfly is to give the young campers a chance to be with others who can relate to their feelings of grief and sadness and help them realize they are not alone.


"This was the best thing for my children," reported a mother in a previous camp survey. "They attended approximately 10 months after their father’s death and it really helped both of them move on. They understood it was okay to grieve and to remember their dad, but that life continues. They still talk about Camp Dragonfly."


Camp director Jolene Senek, LBSW, CT, GC-C, says, "Some people have the impression that going to a grief camp ‘only brings up sad thoughts.’ While it may bring up a few tears, attending camp can actually give kids their voice back and help them discover that they are not alone in their grief. Campers learn ways to process feelings and treasure memories … Camp is not about forgetting. It is about healing."


Anyone knowing a child who might benefit from the camp is asked to contact Senek at 903-868-9315 or jolene.senek@homehospice.org. For more information and an application, go to www.homehospice.org/events/camp-dragonfly/. The application deadline for the March session is Feb. 28.