Together We Can Camp day camp offers bereavement support for children

Children find healing and support from trained grief counselors while having fun in a beautiful setting at Together We Can Camp. The deadline for reservations is July 1.

For the 15th consecutive year, Hospice of the Western Reserve will host Together We Can, a bereavement day camp for children, at Red Oak Camp, 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Road in Kirtland. Transportation to the camp from the Heights will be provided from the nonprofit agency's office at 4670 Richmond Rd. in Warrensville Heights. This year’s camp is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 6–8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space is limited, and registration is required by July 1.

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 lost someone they were close to. Children have the opportunity to share their feelings and ask questions in a safe, supportive environment. Activities to encourage memories, cope with and express feelings, along with recreational 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.

“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 kids who understand what they’re going through,” said Karen Hatfield, counseling team leader at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center.

For more information and to receive a registration packet, call Karen Hatfield at 216-486-6042.

Laurie Henrichsen

Laurie Henrichsen is in charge of media relations and events for the Hospice of the Western Reserve.

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