Bereavement Family Camp

The bereavement family camp weekends at Barretstown offer families a supportive environment within which they can spend quality time together, find support, share their experience of loss and find ways to look to the journey ahead.

Bereavement Family Camp: An Introduction

The bereavement weekends at Barretstown offer the whole family a supportive environment within which they can spend quality time together, find support, share their experience of loss and find ways to look to the journey ahead.

Our programme is directed by a very experienced team and activities are overseen by carefully trained caras. A range of fun, challenging, and exciting activities are on offer such as archery, canoeing, horse riding, and drama which are designed to allow families to share experiences and try new things.

The camp runs from Thursday with families invited to arrive between 2-4pm and finishes after lunch on a Sunday. It is a three camp cycle with camps at 6 monthly intervals.

The bereavement component of the weekend is 5 hours, spread over the weekend, and includes reflection, celebration of life (both are quiet times with music, candles and words lasting 30-40 minutes), and age appropriate group bereavement sessions. A movie is also shown on the first night of each camp.

On arrival to camp there will be an information meeting for the parents explaining the schedule and the bereavement component. You are invited to bring a photograph of your child to display during the reflection and the celebration of life.

A typical day at camp

  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Activity - age appropriate (or bereavement session with Peter)
  • 11:00 Activity - age appropriate (or bereavement session with Peter)
  • 12:00 Activity - age appropriate (or bereavement session with Peter)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Rest hour
  • 15:00 Activity - age appropriate (or bereavement session with Peter)
  • 16:00 Activity - age appropriate (or bereavement session with Peter)
  • 17:00 Cottage time
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Reflection
  • 20:00 Evening Programme
  • 21:00 Cottage time for younger children/adult or teen lounge
  • 22:00 Back to cottages

Remember: this schedule will vary depending on whether it is a Summer, Family or Bereavement Family Camp

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Camp Calendar

Spring 2018

22nd - 25th February

Spring 3 Bereavement 3rd Camp -2018 (UK, Ireland)

5th - 8th April

Spring 7 - 2018 (UK, Ireland)