Child Bereavement Support

To help children with their grief, Carroll Hospice offers Camp T.R. as well as short-term grief counseling. Our bereavement counselors also can provide referrals to other counseling services in the community.

What is Camp T.R.?
Hosted each year by Carroll Hospice, Camp T.R. is a free, overnight weekend retreat for children ages 7 - 15 who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The camp combines recreational activities, such as art, swimming and music with grief education and support. View a video from the 2014 Taste of Carroll event that describes how Camp T.R. has helped children with the grieving process.

How can Camp T.R. help a grieving child?
The camp offers a safe, supportive environment to help children understand and cope with their grief. After the death of a loved one, children may experience feelings of anger, loneliness, and guilt. Some may even experience physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches and fatigue. The camp is designed to help children deal with these emotions. Our goal is to let campers know that they are not alone and help them feel comfortable sharing their feelings.

What types of activities are offered?
Campers will learn positive ways to express their emotions through creative exercises, honest discussions and recreational activities. In addition to grief education and support, daily activities may include:
Arts and Crafts

Who are the staff members?
Camp T.R. is staffed by professional bereavement counselors and volunteers with special training in helping grieving children. Each camper is also assigned a "buddy" (usually a volunteer) for added support.

What is the cost?
Camp T.R. is FREE for all participants. All meals are included.

Where do campers stay?
Campers stay in one of five secure, comfortable cabins on the grounds of the Hashawha Environmental Center in Westminster, Maryland. Situated on Lake Hashawha, the center gives campers a much-needed change of scenery, along with a broad range of outdoor recreational opportunities. 

Download a Camp T.R. rack card

Camp T.R. is named in memory of Thomas Richard O'Farrell III, who was killed in an automobile accident. His family established the annual camp as a tribute to their son and his caring, adventurous spirit.