Camp Good Grief, a weeklong summer day camp for children ages 5-13, will be held Monday through Friday on July 11-15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lakeview Park (next to the Mickey Mart, 1308 E. Perry St.), Port Clinton. Led by trained children’s grief support specialists from Stein Hospice, the camp will teach children who have lost loved ones healthy coping mechanisms to help them through the healing process.
There is no cost to attend. Camp participation will be limited to 30 children so early registration is recommended. First timers to camp will be given priority.
Registration is available online at www.steinhospice.org/camp-good-grief/registration.
Cancelations of camps may occur if the pandemic is unstable at that time. Notifications will be given. Masks will be required at camp drop-off and pickup, and possibly at other times during the camp day. Social distancing will be encouraged.
Each day of camp will have a theme and camp activities are used to reinforce each day’s theme. Monday’s theme is grief and loss; Tuesday will look at feelings; Wednesday will explore coping skills; Thursday will focus on self-esteem; and Friday’s theme will be healing.
“Camp activities will include music therapy, visits with pet therapy animals and a kid-friendly presentation from a local veterinarian who will talk to the children about taking care of their pets, pet illness and death,” said Kathy Failor, Bereavement Care Liaison at Stein Hospice. “Naturalists will present on the life cycles of animals and local high school soccer teams will show how exercise and movement can help the children feel better through the release of endorphins.
“We will also have certified yoga instructors come and do yoga with the campers. We give each camper a yoga mat to take home with them along with a sheet of yoga moves to practice at home,” she said. “A funeral director comes to camp to talk about what happens at a funeral and answer the campers’ questions.”
A librarian will read age-appropriate stories to the campers about grief and loss, and Master Gardeners will show how taking care of plants and watching them grow can help us when we are grieving. These are just a few examples of some of the healing activities they will be engaging in with the campers. On the final day of Camp Good Grief, there will be a healing remembrance ceremony for the losses the campers have had.
For more information about camp enrollment, contact Failor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-625-5269.
Stein Hospice, an affiliate of Hospice of the Western Reserve, is a not-for-profit agency dedicated to providing the highest standards of hospice and palliative care to families in Ottawa, Erie, Huron, Lorain, Sandusky, Seneca and surrounding counties.