Grief, Camp, & Remembrance

“These were..people that shaped me, pushed me, and cared for me, as well as countless others. … In between..tears and laughter..shared. Grief was embraced and gaping wounds..given aid.”

“Grief, sadness, and heartache—things not often associated with camp—are nonetheless present in the lives of campers, retreat guests, volunteers, and staff. We can’t expect our campers to explore, grow, rest, and play without first reflecting on the weight they may carry to camp.”

“….grief is a healthy part of life and not something to be ignored.”

Camp Pyoca Blog

Written by Acting Executive Director, Mike Davis.

Last weekend, in the midst of a very busy retreat weekend at camp, volunteers young and old from near and far descended on the Pyoca grounds. They carried with them garden implements of every type, plants purchased and plucked from their own yards, and heavy hearts.

Days of service and volunteer projects are a common occurrence at Pyoca, but Saturday was different. As always, we worked to give back to the place where our lives have been changed, but we also worked to honor the saints who have gone before us. They helped to create this place, encouraged us to go Pyoca as retreat guests and campers, and mentored us every step of the way.

From the latter months of 2017 into early 2018, Pyoca lost two active board members and another retired board member. I was in utter shock and dismay announcing…

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~ by rexespiritu on June 14, 2018.

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