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CAMP SHIELD FAMILY RETREAT

Jacoby’s Shield accomplishes its mission primarily through hosting Camp SHIELD family bereavement retreats. Our inaugural Camp SHIELD family bereavement retreat will be held the weekend of October 26-28, 2018, at the White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro, SC. Camp SHIELD combines traditional fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. Camp SHIELD will be an opportunity for the entire family to remember and honor their loved one, to grieve together outside of the funeral in a relaxed, safe and supportive setting. Families will be allowed to express emotions, share their grief, connect with others and learn positive coping skills.

The application process for Camp SHIELD is currently open. If you would like to attend the inaugural Camp SHIELD hosted by Jacoby’s Shield, please fill out an application [Click Here]. Attendance is limited. Register today!

To download a pdf Camp SHIELD Flyer [Click Here].

If you would like for serve as a volunteer at Camp SHIELD, please fill out a volunteer application [Click Here]

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Jacoby’s Shield Inaugural Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Family Stroll

We called SCs mightiest superheroes, and you answered! Over one hundred superheroes joined us on April 21, 2018, at Saluda Shoals Park East. Some ran. Some walked. Some strolled with their family. Nick Fury brought Iron Man and Black Panther. All had fun raising money for our inaugural Camp SHIELD Family Bereavement Retreat that will be held October 26-28, 2018, at the White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro, SC.

Please make plans now to join us next year for our second annual Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Family Stroll on April 20, 2019. Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel.

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Jacoby’s Shield, established in 2016 by parents Stuart & Xaviera Latta, is a 501(c)(3), faith-based organization providing services to families experiencing the death of a child.

Providing comfort, hope and healing to parents, grandparents and siblings affected by grief.

Whether stillborn or 50, every year, countless parents experience the death of a child. Our unique programs give parents and siblings the chance to cry, laugh, grow, and heal. Kids meet other kids in similar circumstances, and together, they grow stronger.

The death of someone close can be a devastating experience for anyone, let alone a child. For children, losing a parent, sibling or other important person in their life can significantly disrupt their healthy development. They can feel like their entire world has been turned upside down, and more often than not, they do not know how to process the overwhelming emotions of grief.

Jacoby’s Shield is unique. In the cases where a family suffers the death of a child, there are long term effects on the surviving family members. Children who lost a sibling have a mortality rate two and a half times that of other children. One factor is the emotional impact and its effects on mental health, especially in the short term. For parents, research has shown that losing a child increases the mortality rate in mothers more than a decade later, both from natural and unnatural causes. It increases the mortality rate in fathers, too, but only from unnatural causes. Child death is a profound loss for parents, resulting in elevated rates of marital disruption as well as depression and health problems persisting decades after the child’s death.

The loss of a child is a parent’s worst nightmare, and when a family member dies the whole family grieves and each family member needs support. Oftentimes the fathers grieve differently than the mothers. And the surviving siblings are “the forgotten mourners.” The strain on a family as a result of a death of a child is high. Jacoby’s Shield is unique in that in brings the entire family unit together to heal in a safe place with their peers, parents with other parents, and siblings with other siblings.