Retreat helps children deal with Emily Shane’s death

Participants said prayers after the flowers were planted. The plantings followed a retreat held at the home of Bruce and Kim Terranova, where the children participated in sharing, writing and creating artwork to express their feelings about Shane’s death. Photo by Devon Meyers / TMT

On Saturday, 30 children of all ages came to the Malibu home of Bruce and Kim Terranova to participate in a healing retreat to cope with the death of 13-year-old Emily Shane.

Kim Stanwood Terranova’s company, Namaste’ Retreats, created the day of healing through self-expression by sharing, writing, and creating art. The children participated in building a stone altar to give to Emily’s parents, Ellen and Michel Shane, and wrote a list of “pay it forward” ideas. They have now begun to collect donations for the homeless and together the children decided to form “Team Emily.” The intention of Team Emily is to move forward as a group in creating good deeds in honor of Emily Shane.

At the end of the day, many children expressed they felt as if a weight had been lifted and they had ways to move forward now. They kept repeating “this is what Emily would want.”

The entire group was then driven to Point Dume where they were escorted by the Sheriff’s deputies in walking across Pacific Coast Highway to Vital Zuman Organic Farm. There they planted sunflowers to remember Emily.