PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION... Finding Fairways: Camp Good Grief and Beyond

If you really want to do something about prevention and intervention we really need that partnership with the health community and we have the model here that we would be more than willing to share with anyone.
— Mike Ramos

Camp Good Grief is a three-day grief camp for children and teens whose lives have been shattered due to an act of murder or suicide.

My office, in partnership with the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, offers this unique camp that provides a relaxed, supportive and safe environment for children to enjoy the typical activities of a summer camp, as well as to have opportunities to work with professionals to share their feelings related to their loss, learn new ways to cope, and interact with other children and teens in an atmosphere of love and acceptance. Next spring, we are going to offer campers the chance to use the sport of golf as a means to not only have fun but as a metaphor to getting their lives back on track. 

Camp is free of charge to all campers and camperships are funded by unclaimed victim restitution. Therapists and interns from Loma Linda Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, Loma Linda Child Life Specialists and District Attorney's Office Victim Advocates donate their time to the camp.

This is a model that I believe can be used statewide and across the United States of America.