Camp Phoenix

Gaston Hospice and Grief Counseling Services


Camp Phoenix 2018, Camp Dogwood

May 11 & 12, 2018 Camp Dogwood, Sherrill's Ford

Register using the form on the right of this page.


                         Camp Phoenix 2017 campers


 Snapshots from 2016 Camp Phoenix


About Camp Phoenix

Like all good camps, Camp Phoenix offers fun and games to campers ages 7 and older along with at least one adult.

What makes this camp unique is that, mixed in with the fun, campers are exposed to a broader understanding of the pain of losing a loved one. Children who attend are dealing with the deaths of cherished mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and grandparents.

Grief sessions are designed to help the families accept the death, to learn how to identify feelings of grief and how to cope with change related to loss. Counselors use crafts, art, remembering exercises and storytelling as part of their plans to help children accept death as a natural part of life.

"Grief comes in spurts, mixed in with times of fun and laughter," says Terri Ray, Director of Counseling Services at Gaston Hospice. "So Camp Phoenix offers some serious work, plus times of relief from the seriousness of mourning, all interspersed with fun activities." This year, new activities include:

- age appropriate grief work
- family-oriented activities
- fun recreational events

Camp staff are professional counselors from the New Hope Counseling Center for Grief and Loss of Gaston Hospice. Special bereavement volunteers receive instruction to work with grieving children and "often volunteer because they have learned the value of grief therapy from personal experience," says Chemarra Bryant, Gaston Hospice grief counselor.

There is no charge to attend Camp Phoenix, although there will be a refundable fee charged at registration to hold a space. Payment will be returned at check-in the day of camp. Anyone interested in finding out more about the camp should call the Gaston Hospice office at (704) 861-8405. 


Family 2018 Reservation Form


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Space is limited to 20 participants, so register early! Minimum age for this retreat is 7. Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian to participate.

*There is no charge for this event, but a refundable deposit of $50 per family will ensure your reservation. Your check will be returned to you on the day of the event.

Mailing address:
Gaston Hospice
PO Box 3984
Gastonia NC 28054
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