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Originally published: 2014-04-24 14:17:43
Last modified: 2014-04-24 14:18:28

Free grief camp for youths offered by Caldwell Hospice

by Sherrie Norris

No one is affected by the death of a loved one quite like the young child. The ability to comprehend such loss is nearly impossible - and the grief inconsolable.

Caldwell Hospice, located in Lenoir, will host its upcoming annual "Good Mourning Children's Grief Camp," which is designed to help youngsters through their grieving process. 

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, children ages 6 through 12 years old are invited to join their peers at United Presbyterian Church in Lenoir for a daylong event which is being planned by the agency's bereavement team as a way to help youngsters cope with death.

At the grief camp, children who've lost a parent, grandparent, sibling or other significant person in their life through death will spend the day with the hospice staff, specially trained adult volunteers, and "volunTEENS," who use proven methods to help ease the pain, Hospice spokeswoman Pam Hildebran said. 

"Through arts, crafts, storytelling, journal writing and games, these trained individuals will help children understand that sadness is OK,"  Hildebran said. "As they talk, draw and write, listen and laugh, children can find the healing tools they need."

The event is free and open to all children in the Caldwell Hospice service area, which includes the High Country. Lunch will be provided. 

If you would like for your child to attend the camp or know of a child who might need help with the grief process, call, or encourage the child's parent or guardian to call, the Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services staff of Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at (828) 754-0101. 

Good Mourning Children's Grief Camp is sponsored by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.United Presbyterian Church is located at 415 Pennell St. N.E. in Lenoir.