The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 3, 2014

Hospice bereavement camp for kids

For The Register-Herald

— Hospice of Southern West Virginia (HSWV) has begun registering kids for Camp Hope, a children’s bereavement camp designed to provide one-to-one and group support to children ages 8-17 who are coping with the loss of a significant person in their life.

“Kids experience grief in their own unique way,” said Jewell Field, bereavement specialist at HSWV. “The camp is designed to help them better understand and cope with their feelings of loss by bringing the children together with their peers to participate in group and individual activities in a secure, nurturing and compassionate atmosphere.”

This three-day, Native American themed camp will be conducted June 17-19 at the Cabins at Pine Haven in Beaver.

The camp will be one of fun and enjoyment while learning coping skills for grief-related experiences.  Activities will include scavenger hunt, storytelling, music, writing, arts and crafts as well as group discussions and interactive team-building exercises.

Licensed professionals and counselors will staff Camp Hope and provide information about the grief journey as well as emotional support.

“If you know a child between the ages of 8 and 17 that would benefit from Camp Hope, please contact the Bereavement Department at Hospice of Southern West Virginia for additional information,” added Jewell.

“Parents or legal guardians can contact the bereavement department at HSWV at 304-255-6404,” said Josh Jones, public relations director. “Individuals seeking more information can also visit our website at www.hospiceofsouthernwvorg and click on the Camp Hope logo.”

Camp Hope is free. Deadline for registration is June 3. Space is limited.