Dolphin Therapy Program
CFH Dolphin Therapy and Education program combines interactions with a behind the scenes look into marine mammal care and training programs for surviving spouses and children of fallen heroes.
From swimming with dolphins, to fish preparation and washing buckets, participants work one-on-one with an experienced animal trainer to gain insight into marine mammal care and training program. The day is complete with in-depth discussions and experiential learning, encompassing topics such as training, marine mammal care, animal identification, dolphin anatomy and reproduction, marine mammal intelligence and communication, enrichment, and tactics utilized to build a trusting relationship between trainer and animal.
By spending time together, family members begin to understand they are not alone in their grief. This ‘normalizing’ of their grief experience is especially important to children and teens. The acceptance of all feelings at our programs builds a new community of understanding and companionship.
Activities that define hope and express gratitude give CFH and spouses a positive sense of the future. Our program is designed to empower a purpose and acceptance of life continuing on after tragedy. Their family has changed, but they are still a family.