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SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Broad smiles ran across the faces of every child at Camp Fuller this past Friday as they went kayaking on Salt Pond or painted their own butterfly masks. For two days, kids from all over Rhode Island could escape from the troubling times in their lives through Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Islandâ€™s Camp Braveheart program.
The two-day camp offers children ages 5 to 18 a chance to ease their grief over the loss of a loved one, from parents to more extended family members. Campers participate in many physical and creative activities, from theater to parachute games, and are guided by a dedicated group of counselors who help share their experience.
â€śThe goal is to provide a place where kids feel safe to express their grief,â€ť said Deanna Upchurch, Bereavement Coordinator at HHCRI. â€ś[The camp] is one of the constants in their lives, and these kids connect when they leave here.â€ť
The camp has been running for eight years, developing a strong community among volunteers and the children who participate. A bulletin board displays myriad pictures of loved ones whom campers have lost, serving as a place of commemoration while the children participate in the campâ€™s activities.
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