Camp Erin® Montreal brings hope into the lives of bereaved children and teens by providing a safe environment to share their story, process their grief in healthy ways, and honour the memory of the person who died. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin® Montreal provides a unique opportunity for peer bonding for children and teens facing similar life circumstances. This weekend-long overnight experience is filled with traditional, fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support.
The Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA and the Harry Bronfman Y Country Camp (YCC) are partnering to make Camp Erin® Montreal an outstanding camp experience. Nestled in the rolling countryside of the Laurentian Mountains, YCC is a calm, nurturing environment ideal for children to grieve with others who have similar emotional needs.
Because children grieve in many ways, Camp Erin® Montreal has a staff/camper ratio of 2:1 to ensure that each child will receive a high level of attention and support.
Sometimes our emotions can feel out of control, similar to a swirling tornado. Use the tornado shaker as a visual for these feelings and help children learn to practice calmness and patience as the tornado calms down.
What You'll Need:
Clear water bottle
Fill the clear bottle with water, but leave room for the other items
Add baby oil to the bottle to help the items float
Add the glitter, beads, and rocks to the bottle
Securely tape the cap on the bottle
Shake up the tornado as a visual about how our anger can feel out of control and chaotic, but then stop, put it on the table and watch all the items float to the bottom. Let the child knew that they are practicing patience and calmness as they watch the items settle, and that is an important skill.
A short but thorough list with suggestions on how to explain death to children.
Learning to grieve for losses great and small is a critical skill in a child’s healthy development.