Annual camp returns for second year of virtual format to provide opportunities for fun, sharing and healing
Camp Good Grief is for children ages 8-17 who are coping with grief after experiencing the death of a loved one. Throughout the course of the day, children will have opportunities to address their feelings and remember their loved ones through a variety of activities focused on grief education and emotional support, including arts, crafts, music and conversation. Children will also find comfort knowing there are others just like them who have experienced a similar circumstance and can relate to how they are feeling – opening up possibilities to create new friendships that will last long after camp is over.
“It is so important that we continue to check on our children and make sure they’re doing okay,” said Karen Monts, director of grief support services for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. “There’s no question this past year has been extremely tough for everyone. Children cope with grief differently than adults. We want to be there for them as they navigate their journey, so they know they’re not facing grief alone.”
All activities during the virtual camp session will be administered and facilitated by caring and qualified Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice grief professionals and music therapists. Attendees will also have all supplies provided to them free of charge.
Registration for Camp Good Grief is due by Friday, July 16. Families interested in participating are encouraged to register as soon as possible by visiting hom.convio.net/virtualcamp, as space is limited. A Zoom link will be provided upon signup.
Prior to camp, Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice will provide a brief educational session for parents or guardians to learn more about the virtual format and what their children can expect during the session.
For more information about Camp Good Grief, please contact the following individuals or visit www.hom.org:
Arbor Hospice, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, provides quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses throughout Washtenaw County and surrounding communities. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, Arbor offers certified community-based and inpatient hospice services and palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, as well as grief support services and community education programs. Through other NorthStar Care Community members, Arbor also provides pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Hospice of Michigan. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, visit www.arborhospice.org or call 888-992-2273.