Camp helps children dealing with grief

For the 16th consecutive year, Hospice of the Western Reserve will host Together We Can, a children’s bereavement day camp, at Red Oak Camp in Kirtland. This year’s camp is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 5-7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The camp is open to children across Greater Cleveland, and offers support and healing in a beautiful, natural environment.

Activities are led by trained professionals who are experienced in working with children and grief. Cost for the camp is $25 per camper; scholarships are available. Space is limited and registration is required by July 10.  For more information and to receive a registration packet, call Karen Hatfield at 216-486-6042.

Transportation to the camp is provided from three drop-off points:
    •    Holiday Inn, 4181 W. 150th St., Cleveland
    •    Hospice of the Western Reserve, Lakeshore Campus, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland
    •    Hospice of the Western Reserve, Warrensville Hts. Office, 4670 Richmond Road, Warrensville Hts.

Each year, up to 60 campers between the ages of 6 and 14 who have experienced the death of a loved one spend three days in this beautiful natural setting interacting with other children who have also had someone special die. 

“There’s nothing better than seeing all these kids who have experienced so many different losses come together in a beautiful setting to share stories, learn new ways to handle their grief, and have fun with other children who understand what they’re going through,” said Karen Hatfield, team leader for counseling services for Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Children have the opportunity to share their feelings and ask questions in a safe, supportive environment. A variety of activities encourage memories, coping skills and the expression of feelings. Children also have an opportunity to enjoy fun outdoor recreational activities.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:06 AM, 06.24.2014