Maui businesses help families overcome loss at bereavement camp

Beginning Thursday, three British Columbia families and one family from Maui will begin the healing process in the second Camp Kerry Maui family bereavement retreat.

Camp Kerry counselors and trained volunteers will offer grief and loss counseling, expressive arts therapies and support during the seven-day program.

With donations of services from a number of Maui businesses, participants will experience spa treatments, a luau, swimming (Grand Wailea Resort), outrigger canoe paddling (Kihei Canoe Club), zip lining (Skyline Eco Adventures), surfing lessons (Blue Soul Maui) and food (Paia Flatbread Co. and Costco).

The Camp Kerry Society is a nonprofit based in British Columbia.

The society offered unique programs to bereaved families at no cost since 2007. Camp Kerry Maui was established in 2012 in partnership with Mark and Terry Pillon, a British Columbia family that has experienced much joy and healing in Maui, according to an announcement.

Due to the success of last year’s retreat, the Pillon family, with donations from family and friends, are sponsoring a second Camp Kerry Maui retreat this year.

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