Flathead Living Winter 2009/2010 : Page 30

c ommu n i t y You’re Invited A CAmp to RemembeR benefit event A special evening is planned at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell on January 28, 2010 to help raise awareness about the needs of youth, adults, and families who are grieving the death of a loved one and local programs that can help them on their grief journeys. Proceeds will support Tamarack Grief Resource Center and provide scholarships for children and teens attending A Camp to Remember on Flathead Lake in June 2010. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. and include music, dinner, program, and an auction. Guests are encouraged to don their favorite campfire attire for this fun campfire themed party and a sharing of stories about the Flathead Lake Camp to Remember. The evening’s auction will feature boat paddles painted by many local artists including Kelly Apgar, John Rawlings, Karen Leigh, Corinne Lundgren, Curt Shugart, and Lorinda Smith. Cost for the evening is $75 per person or Sponsorship Tables are $800 for a table of eight. For tickets call Lois Wagner at: 406-871-3767. For more information about Tamarack Grief Resource Center and A Camp to Remember you can call Tina: 406-721-2860 or 406-240-0909 or visit their website: www.tamarackgriefresourcecenter.org 30 FLATHEAD LIVING | WINTER 2009/2010 www. f latheadl i v ing.com differently from adults because of their ability to understand death. School-aged children return to their grief throughout their lives as their understanding of life and death matures. They find themselves reprocessing their losses during milestones or significant moments in their lives when they especially miss that person—such as holidays, graduations, or when they get married. Time doesn’t end grief because the passage of time just brings a new phase of grieving. This is why returning to camp becomes so treasured by children who have suffered a loss. Tamarack Grief Resource Center strives to help the bereaved find ways to integrate that loss and grief into their lives through the camp experience. One camper expressed it very eloquently after her first camp: “For me [camp] was like letting go and holding on at the same time…It also helped me learn to hold on to my sister and my best friend in my heart and memory by carrying on with my life and sharing with others their strengths and my own.” After 12 years of camps, Barrett says they have watched campers grow in their grief journeys. Through this experience many of them gain leadership skills and attend camp as PALs, then as counselors. Tamarack supports these children year- round with a winter reunion, a holiday greeting card, photos and contact lists, and an open line when the kids or guardians need someone to talk to. Parents are invited to attend a workshop with staff the last day of camp to discuss what happened at camp, ideas for supporting grieving children while dealing with their own grief, differences between child and adult grief, and how parents can take care of themselves while nurturing their kids. Tamarack’s goal is to have these same

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