(WBIR-Downtown Knoxville) Katerpillar Kids Quilts will be on display at the Knoxville Museum of Art from July 1 to August 24.
It's part of Katerpillar Kids Camp, a Covenant Hospice program.
Katie McLaughlin said Katerpillar Kids Camp is a way for children to meet other individuals who are struggling with grief. Some may have lost a parent, grandparent, sibling and although their details are different they all understand what it feels like to grieve. The camp gives them the opportunity to talk with children their same age that are grieving.
The camp provides a safe and understanding environment where similar experiences of grief can be shared. Trained camp counselors provide information and guidance as they listen with open minds, hearts, and ears to each camper. Through individual expressions, the children realize they are not alone.
The camp also features fun activities such as arts and crafts, music, and hiking.
Part of the healing process the camp provides has been the opportunity for campers to design quilt squares, illustrating their feelings or memories of the special person no longer in their lives.
Those squares are assembled into quilts, and the quilts from eight past Katerpillar Kids Camps will be on display at the museum this summer from July 1 to Aug. 24. This is the first time the quilts have been displayed at the Knoxville Museum of Art.
This year's camp will be held at Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend, Tennessee on September 20-21.
Camp is free but enrollment is limited. Find information for registration here.