History of Brett's Rainbow

The camp’s name and spirit are based upon the life of Brett Hall, an 8?year?old child cared for in 1988 by Hospice of the Midlands, now Palmetto Health Hospice. Brett was born in New York City in 1979 and his mother died several years later. Little is known about Brett before he came to Columbia.

In 1987, Brett was placed in the custody of the Richland County Department of Social Services. For the last year of his life, Brett finally had a home. His foster mother, who also had four children of her own, provided the love Brett needed. Throughout the final stages of Brett’s disease, he was surrounded by his foster family and by the staff and volunteers of both Hospice and Children’s Hospital at Palmetto Health Richland, where he was a frequent patient. Brett wanted to know that his life was important. This camp is the fulfillment of a promise made to him. Because of Brett’s Rainbow, the lives of other children and families grieving the loss of a loved

What is Brett’s Rainbow?

Brett's Rainbow is a family day camp at offered to children ages 5 to 18 who have experienced the death of a family member or other significant person in their lives.The camp is offered free of charge and is made possible by community contributions to Palmetto Health Hospice. Participants have a chance to share their feelings and experiences with each other under the guidance of trained counselors.

Mission Statement

Brett’s Rainbow Family Bereavement Camp is committed to improving the emotional, psychological and spiritual health of grieving children and their families across South Carolina. We will achieve this mission by providing professional, compassionate care and a safe place for children and adults to share their thoughts and emotions and by providing positive support to facilitate a better understanding of the nature of grief and a beginning of the healing process.

Staff & Volunteers

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The staff and volunteers working at Brett's Rainbow are specially trained to work with children who have lost someone they love. Camp staff include...

  • a physician
  • social workers
  • therapists
  • bereavement counselors
  • chaplains
  • nurses
  • volunteers