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Central Texas Medical Center: News

Camp HeartSong Helps Children Grieve in a Unique Way


SAN MARCOS, TEXASWhen it comes to the loss of a loved one, children can be one of the most misunderstood and underserved groups. Grieving children often struggle to understand or express their grief in a healthy way; and supporting the child can be challenging for adults who may not know how to broach the subject of death. It is important for children to be given the opportunity to process their grief in a supportive environment, which is why Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Hospice Care is proud to offer Camp HeartSong.

The camp offers a compassionate and therapeutic atmosphere where children can honor the memory of their loved one, while enjoying camp activities like fishing, archery and crafts. CTMC Hospice grief counselors provided group and individual counseling and facilitated remembrance activities.

“CTMC Hospice Care strives to provide compassionate care to not only our patients, but each loved one impacted by their passing,” said Allison Hardy, director of CTMC Hospice Care. “Camp HeartSong offers a unique experience for children to explore and learn to manage their grief, while realizing they are not alone in this.”

In June, Camp HeartSong helped 14 campers, age 8-13, work through their loss at John Knox Ranch in Fischer, Texas. While each child’s story is their own, the diverse group bonded through their shared experience with loss.

On the final morning, the children expressed their appreciation for the camp. Many wanted to stay “just one more night.”

CTMC Hospice would like to thank each family who enrolled a child in Camp HeartSong this year, giving them with the opportunity to understand and express their feelings and connect with a group of peers. Most importantly, it wants to recognize the 2019 Camp HeartSong kids!

“It was amazing to witness the trusting bonds that were formed, the emotional walls coming down, and the vulnerability and bravery of this group,” said Hardy. 

For more information on Camp HeartSong, visit or call 512.754.615.


About CTMC 
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 300 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. For more than 20 consecutive years, CTMC has been named The Best Hospital in Hays County in the annual “Best of Hays” publication released by the San Marcos Daily Record. In addition to interventional cardiac services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation, hospice, women’s services and more. For more information, follow CTMC on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our website at CTMC is a member of the AdventHealth.

With a sacred mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, AdventHealth is a connected system of care for every stage of life and health. More than 80,000 skilled and compassionate caregivers in physician practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities and hospice centers provide individualized, wholistic care. A Christian mission, shared vision, common values, focus on whole-person health and commitment to making communities healthier unify the system’s 46 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in diverse markets throughout nine states.


Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666