Burn Survivor Family Retreat 2020
The Burn Institute Annual Family Retreat is designed for burn survivors ages 0 to 8 and includes siblings, parents, and caregivers. The weekend escape allows a space for families to begin the healing processes together as they each explore their individual experience with their family’s burn injury and how that incident has impacted them. Often times family members harbor deep feelings of guilt, shame, blame, and anxiety that require a dedicated period of time where each person may reflect, open-up, process, and heal. The Family Retreat offers this transformative space.
Due to the unforeseen Coronavirus that resulted in social distancing guidelines, we were forced to cancel the program to ensure the continued health of the seven families enrolled. To help ease the loss of not having the weekend for family bonding and fun, we provided a “Retreat-in-a-Box” filled with toys, books, games and snacks, and fun activities for the whole family including a gift-card for a Family Pizza Night.
Professional telephone or video therapy sessions have been offered to the parents/caregivers so they can discuss their child’s injury and the emotional toll it may be taking on them and the entire family unit. Burn Institute staff remains in contact with the families to ensure they know they are not alone in the struggles or stresses a burn injury can inflict. We look forward to gathering with these families and others in the future to empower and support.
Our sincere appreciation to those who have continued to support this impactful program of healing.
“We loved all the goodies and games, it gave us a new reason to smile and laugh as a family.”
—2020 Family Retreat-in-a-Box Recipient
Thank you to our sponsors
David C Copley Foundation
The Country Friends
Grossmont Healthcare District
The Melvin Garb Foundation
Pratt Memorial Fund
Spiegel Burn Foundation
Stephen & Mary Birch Foundation
Walden W. & Jean Young Shaw Foundation
W. A. Tucker Foundation