Not My Child QAC 2.0 has made a $2,500 donation to Camp New Dawn, a grief retreat hosted by Compass for children, teens and families who are struggling with the loss of a loved one. Campers learn healthy coping skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. They engage in group discussions and activities with other kids who have experienced loss, and interact with professional grief counselors who help them learn about and express grief in a safe, natural environment. CND is open to anyone ages 3-18 who is learning to navigate their grief, including those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse.
Grief following a drug overdose is often very complicated and can be different from other forms of grieving. An untimely and traumatic death can cause intense emotional reactions in loved ones, including guilt, shame/stigma, anger, anxiety and fear, and isolation. Therefore, Compass also offers a “Recovering After a Substance Passing” (R.A.S.P.) support group for adults. This program is designed to be engaging and welcoming to those who are suffering the loss of a loved one due to an overdose death. Grief Support Supervisor Rhonda Knotts said the group includes fellowship, guided conversation or activities, and the occasional guest speaker.
To learn more about Camp New Dawn or the R.A.S.P. grief support group, contact Rhonda Knotts at 443-262-4109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to support Not My Child QAC 2.0, they will be hosting the 'Carson Freedman Crab Feast & Cornhole Tournament' on August 21, 2021 at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department. Visit their Facebook page for more information.