Weekend of Hope: Shannon's Hope
We were hired last weekend by Bridges, a local non profit that provides resources for end-of-life realities. Their mission is to empower individuals and their families to navigate together a broad spectrum of issues encountered before, during, and after death. They accomplish this through advocacy, education, and grief support.
Shannon’s Hope is an initiative of Bridges. A therapeutic weekend camp, Shannon’s Hope targets children ages 6-15 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Shannon Heisler was the inspiration for the camp, which began in August 1989. The courage and hope demonstrated by this 16-year-old hospice patient, who died in November of 1988, were the driving forces behind the development of Shannon’s Hope.
Our goal while at Camp St. Christopher (on Seabrook Island) was to capture the emotions both somber, as well as hopeful and healing, from the campers. It was an honor for us both to witness the compassion and spirit of each of the campers and their "buddies." It's amazing how much can be accomplished in a little more than 24 hours. This is just a taste of the beautiful setting that serves as the backdrop for Shannon's Hope...