Sibling Bereavement Camp | CHOC Children’s Cancer Foundation SA – Johannesburg Phiri Camp Kwalata in the Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve Gauteng
Following a very successful camp for siblings of children with serious illnesses, Just Footprints hosted a sibling bereavement camp in March for children who have lost a sibling due to a cancer-related illness. 23 campers were given the opportunity to receive support and help with the grieving process in an appropriate format facilitated by the psychosocial team from CHOC Children’s Cancer Foundation SA. The death of a child following a serious illness is difficult enough for parents to bear. But the impact on the siblings of such children, who find it equally hard to deal with the loss, is often underestimated. For the 23 children who attended the weekend-long camp at Kwalata in the Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve in Gauteng, it was an opportunity both to explore their feelings of loss in a safe and loving environment, as well as to have a huge amount of fun with other children of a similar age who have gone through the same experience.