Camp HOPE is a free one-day retreat for children, ages 6 to 12, who have experienced the death of a loved one within the past two years. Caregivers of the children are also invited to attend. Camp HOPE will be held Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bethel Camp in Clayhole.
“Grieving children often feel very alone,” said Vicki Merrill, LCSW, ACHP-SW, Hospice of the Bluegrass Clinical Officer – Counseling. “Most of their friends do not understand how it feels when someone special dies. At Camp HOPE, children will meet others who have lost a loved one. It is a safe place to share experiences, to understand that their feelings are normal, and to develop skills to cope with grief in healthy ways,” added Merrill. Children will receive guidance and support from professionals and trained volunteers who will also lead activities.
Camp HOPE is free, but an application must be completed for each camper. Applications are available by contacting Susan Houston at (800) 560-1101 or Jonathan Hubbard at (800) 371-6112. Applications are also available at www.hospicebg.org. The registration deadline is Sept. 5.