Hospice of Central Ohio (HOCO) offers grief services to children who have lost a loved one. We are seeing more and more children who are dealing with loss and grief. They have lost loved ones to addiction, suicide or other traumatic events.
These children face death and dying and the accompanying feelings of loss differently than adults. Our grief and bereavement specialists offer children unique support in a welcoming setting such as Camp HOCO, a week-long day camp held at the Sts. Peter & Paul Retreat Center in Newark, Ohio. The camp is provided at no cost to children who have lost a significant person in their lives.
At Camp HOCO, children are given the opportuntiy to share in a week of singing, playing, creating and dancing combined with laughter and tears to work out their grief. Camp HOCO allows children the opportunity to meet others who have experienced loss and decreases their feelings of isolation. The camp is designed specifically to teach coping skills that children can use now and throughout their lives. This camp has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of children and their families.
One grandmother may have expressed it best. “Thank you. (He) was really struggling after the death of his father,” she wrote in a post-camp survey, which is mailed to the families of all attendees. “I brought you a stranger, and you returned my grandson to me.”
Through your financial gifts, we can offer free support for children such as this boy and his grandmother, regardless of any affiliation with our hospice program. Families and community members can meet with our grief experts in a one-on-one setting and in support groups.
Hospice of Central Ohio is a local, community-based, not-for-profit hospice. We are an affiliate of Ohio's Hospice, a partnership of mission-driven, not-for-profit hospices committed to a shared vision of strengthening and preserving community-based hospice care.
Our mission is to celebrate the lives of those we have the privilege of serving by providing superior care and superior services to each patient and family.
We serve patients in nine counties from wherever they call home. Our staff serves patients in their homes or a healthcare facility. Our Inpatient Care Units at Licking Memorial Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are available for symptom management.