A cancer diagnosis instantly stops the world from turning. Now imagine that diagnosis is for a child. And now imagine the child does not win their battle. A family is left with empty arms, broken hearts, a gaping void, and the knowledge that life can never—will never—be totally complete again. It becomes an immediate fear that the memory of that son or daughter will begin to fade. There is the glaring reality of a broken family chain that will never be fully in tact again.
P.U.N.T.’s bereavement efforts center around an annual “Remembrance Weekend” retreat. This powerful three day retreat provides families with hope and healing through a mix of therapeutic and social opportunities to acquire tools for coping, supporting one another, and honoring the memory and life of their deceased loved one.
Remembrance Weekend is planned and executed with the guidance and expertise of the psychosocial teams at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Oishei Children’s Hospital, and Essential Care for Kids/Hospice Buffalo.