Dozens of children and adults found out they’re not alone when it comes to grieving the loss of loved ones.
Over the past ten days, the Amanda the Panda Grief Center hosted its first ever day camps at Wesley Woods in Indianola.
Children ages 6-17 and several adults took part in grief education, peer support, and candle-light ceremonies to help heal.
It wasn’t all serious.
Saturday at camp, the kids had water balloon fights, went to a petting zoo, and had some time for arts and crafts.
Organizers say making connections with others is one of the most important parts of recovering from a loss.
“A lot of kids think they’re the only ones in their neighborhood who have had a loss and they’re pleasantly surprised to connect with other kids and find out they’re not alone,” said Cindy Meek, a program coordinator with the Amanda the Panda Grief Center.
All Amanda the Panda camps and services are free to the public.