Camp Erin San Diego campers, parents/guardians, volunteers and staff share their experiences.
“After my mom died I felt lost and alone, scared and depressed. I kept it all inside and felt like I was going to explode. I couldn’t talk to family because they were too upset and I knew none of my friends would understand. When I went to Camp Erin San Diego it was such a relief. All of a sudden I felt like people knew what I was talking about. I finally started to let my emotions out and realized it was ok to feel the way I did. The camp, the friends I met and the staff really changed my life.” – Phillip, age 16.
“I always became sad when I thought about my dad, so I tried not to think about it. But Camp Erin San Diego has taught me that whether you remember with tears or smiles, it’s good to remember.” – Darcy, age 10.
“I had a blast here at Camp. It was amazing. For 5 years I’ve been carrying the death of my dad but…now I think I am ready to let go and remember the good times. I loved my time here. Thank you.” – Jessica, age 15.
“Camp Erin San Diego helped me by knowing that a lot of other kids lost someone special to them too. Before I came here I thought I was the only one who had lost someone in their life. But now I know that other people have lost someone just like me. It made me feel a lot better.” - Meghan, age 9.
“Our family will be forever changed by the wonderful weekend for our grandchildren. They have taken with them many skills in coping with the loss of both of their parents, skills that will help them throughout their lives.” - Steve and Mary, grandparents to campers.
“I was devastated, and it was a struggle sometimes for me to get my two brokenhearted children dressed and ready for school, but after the camp the kids started laughing again and we were able to have fun again, and that really helped me deal with my own heart.” – Karl, parent.
“I would love to volunteer for Camp Erin San Diego for rest of my life -- it’s that amazing of an experience.” – Jacqui, Camp Erin San Diego Staff.
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Camp Coordinator, Camp Erin San Diego
The Center for Grief Care and Education
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