Madison Harris was eight years old when her mother died suddenly from a heart condition. Her brother Sawyer was just four years old.
Her father Scott was also dealing with the loss of their mother, his wife of 15 years. And although it was a dark and depressing time for him, it may have been worse for his children.
"My daughter was fearful that somehow she contributed or that her actions were insufficient to protect her mother," said Harris.
But fortunately, Maddie expressed her feelings and got reassurance. Hospice workers say this is crucial for children to heal and cope when they lose a loved one.
And that is the purpose of Camp Forget-Me-Not. Maddie says it helped her just to talk to other kids with similar experiences. She is looking forward to going again this year with her brother Sawyer.
The camp is a day camp and will be held June 11 and 12 for kids grades one through seven.
The cost is $10. Registration is requested by June 1.
For more information, or to sign up call the Visiting Nurse Services of Michigan at 1-800-722-9449 or 517-367-5923.