352.249.1470 (Citrus County)      386.454.0844 (North Central Florida)

Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast is a charitable organization providing community grief support workshops for anyone who has experienced a loss; telephone support; grief support resources for all ages; educational materials for parents and teachers; and children’s grief support camps.

CHILDREN’S GRIEF SUPPORT Children often have a difficult time expressing their feelings about loss and grief.
However, when they are among their peers who also have experienced loss, they tend to talk about their thoughts and feelings.

Children who improve their ability to deal with grief and loss issues
serve as role models for others and are able to make
positive contributions in their community and in society.

Camp Good Hope Logo 2013

Click here for a Camper Application you may print, fill out and mail.

Camp Good Hope provides an honest, safe environment where kids can learn to talk openly about their loss and improve their ability to cope. These camps are offered in a variety of locations throughout the year. They include therapeutic programs, games, friendships and a memorial service. Participants receive a T-shirt, cap, backpack, water bottle, flying disc and bracelets.

Herry’s Kids, Camp Good Hope and Teen Encounter are supported through community donations, corporate sponsorships and grants.

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Click here for a Camper Application you may print, fill out and mail.

Teen Encounter offers grief support to teens who have experienced a loss. Campers participate in various group sessions to help them understand the loss they have experienced so they can begin the process of healing. Campers enjoy fun games and arts and crafts all designed with a therapeutic purpose. Every camper receives a custom T-shirt, backpack and other camp accessories. Camp concludes with a memorial service.

Teen Encounter offers a wide-range of recreational camp activities geared toward older youth. Teen Encounter allows teenagers to share their feelings with each other and learn about loss. The goal is to develop better coping skills and help build additional self-confidence and self-esteem.

The teen years can be a period of confusion and anxiety. Some teens feel disconnected and isolated from family and friends and have not developed a proper outlet in which to deal with grief and loss. If their feelings of grief are not shared and expressed, they may come out in other ways. Sometimes it’s physical ways like headaches and other times it’s manifested in irritability or a short temper. Teens who don’t address their grief can be at a higher risk for acting-out behaviors.

However, a teen who understands the grief process, both the anger and fear, has a good chance of coping with all their feelings of loss, and may be better able to handle losses that will occur throughout their lives.

Herry’s Kids, Camp Good Hope and Teen Encounter are supported through community donations, corporate sponsorships and grants.