The loss of a loved one is hard on all family members and it can be difficult to let go, difficult to cope. That’s why, in 1994, Hospice Atlanta founded Camp STARS, (Sharing Together As Real Support) the first bereavement retreat of its kind in Georgia. The three-day camp is set on a gorgeous 300-acre campus where families can feel the peace and safety of expressing their emotions with others, who share the same strong feelings.
The camp is staffed by experienced, nurturing counselors, social workers, chaplains and trained volunteers who guide the affected families through the grieving process and begin the healing. It’s a chance to let go, bond with family members, make new friends, face sorrow and accept the light that can follow. There are plenty of opportunities for enlightenment, spirituality, learning and just plain fun.
Camp STARS is located at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia and takes place once in the spring and again in the fall. There are comfortable, homey cabins, gathering areas and classroom-like settings, all surrounded by an abundance of peace and nature. The only cost of the camp is a $40 administrative fee. Families can attend regardless of their ability to pay, and they did not have to be in the care of Hospice Atlanta. It’s all made possible by the generosity of The Junior League of Atlanta and other community donations. And we are endlessly grateful.
The next Camp STARS takes place November 2-4, 2018. To make sure we have space for families who have never participated, attendance is limited to two times per family. For more information, please email Deana Porter or call (404) 869-3072.