Free Grief Camp Helps Kids Impacted by Homicide Heal from Trauma

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

According to the latest report by the nonpartisan Council on Criminal Justice, homicides are down nearly 10 percent overall across the United States, including in the city of Chicago. Despite the downward trend, homicides remain 24 percent higher than in 2019. What the headlines fail to capture is the tragic story of the victims who are left behind. That is where Kids Above All and its Camp Sheilah program step in to help provide the resources and support these family members need. Each year, Kids Above All hosts Camp Sheilah, a three-day bereavement founded in 2011 by the Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation, to help youth ages 7 to 17 who have lost a parent, legal guardian, or sibling to homicide on their healing journey.  During the three-day event, children and teens participate in fun activities, like rock climbing and zip lining that challenge them to do things they normally wouldn’t do, building resilience and helping them learn how to navigate difficult situations. Campers also take part in small group discussions and art therapy to help them remember and honor their family members, as well as assist them in working through the trauma they’ve experienced.  Camp Sheilah 2023 runs from September 8th to September 10th. For more information, visit

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