In 1990, Delaware Hospice developed a nationally recognized grief program that has served 10,000 children and teens throughout Delaware as well as Chester and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania. Children who have experienced the death of a loved one have a different set of needs from adults. Many must navigate a range of emotions, including fear, anxiety, and insecurity before they are emotionally mature enough to process their loss. In response to their special needs, New Hope was designed for children who are coping with an expected or unexpected loss. New Hope Counselors provide grief education and support to children and their families through a variety of workshops, support groups, individual discussions, and a summer camp- Camp New Hope. Grief support for children is widely accessible through school support groups or within community organizations. These programs help children process and grow with their grief and find new hope.
Camp New Hope is a four-day summer day camp for children and teens. Through a variety of traditional and bereavement activities, campers have opportunities to interact with other children who have experienced loss. Camp also offers group projects, individual support, education, and free time to allow children to process emotions and ask questions. Finally, Camp hosts a special memorial service, which celebrates and honors the life of each child’s loved one.
To learn more about this program, please call Delaware Hospice at 1-800-838-9800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.