Equine staff part of Hospice summer day camp for teens

Published 4:34 pm Thursday, June 19, 2008

What do teens and loss and horses have to do with one another?

Bereavement services at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills is partnering with a local equine-assisted therapist to create a two-day camp for teens who have lost a loved one.

According to Wendy McEntire, director of bereavement services, &dquo;Teens who have lost a loved one often face many changes in their homes, schools, and peer groups. We want to provide an opportunity for teens who have something in common to come to a safe place to learn and play together. And horses can help us when we&squo;re stuck in intense feelings by mirroring back to us the nature of those feelings, making it easier for us to express ourselves.&dquo;

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

The first day, Saturday, July 12, will be a full day just for teens with activities that include four-legged staff named Ashly, Bay Boy, Maggie, and Mud Pie. The second day, Saturday, July 26, will be a morning for the teens and an adult‐a parent or relative‐who will work together with the horses and one another.

This day camp experience will be paid for by generous donations from individuals and businesses in the community, McEntire said.

If you would like more details, or would like to register for this camp, please call Wendy McEntire by July 7 at 828-894-7000 or 800-617-7132.