Father's Day and other family events are meant to be joyous, but for some they can be painful reminders of those passed away.
Hospice Hawaii's Ka Pilina Pulama bereavement camp at the Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center in Hauula helped families through these difficult times.
Everyone at the camp is dealing with losing a loved one. The camp helps children ages 7 to 17 deal with loss.
There are colored doves representing a rainbow in a camp exercise. After three days of healing projects to let go of grief it is the final exercise. Each person thinks of a message to their loved one and releases a dove.
"it has been life changing. We actually were fortunate enough to come last year and to be able to come this year has enhanced our lives more," said Shelbi Joy.
Joy and her seven year old daughter Lehua knew Father's Day would be tough. Lehua's dad Thomas died two years ago from a sudden heart attack.
"The ability to join other families that are going through loss with children was incredible," said Joy.
"I'll always remember him and speak up for him," said Lehua Joy.
Organizers said this is the only camp on the island to help families with children deal with grief. Each activity whether crafting or making lantern jars is to help each person heal.
"A lot of people might think because it's too sad to talk about loved ones they might keep stories inside, but for grief to move forward we think it is helpful to start sharing stories," said Aki Morita organizer of the bereavement camp.
The theme for this years camp was courage.