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Grief Day Camp attracts children & parents


To the Editor:

Expressing feelings, learning coping skills, and beginning a healthy grieving process was on the agenda at the first Children & Teens' Grief Day Camp, Camp United, which was held on Sat., Oct. 16, at the Kids' Connection of Sanilac County, Sandusky.

United Hospice Service (UHS) of Marlette Regional Hospital offered this free one-day, activities-based Camp to children and teens, in grades K-12, who have experienced the death of a family member, friend, or another significant person. Nearly 21 children/teens, 16 parents/adults, and 15 staff members/volunteers participated in the Camp.

Each child and teen participant made a remembrance bracelet or necklace; took a "journey through the land of grief" by telling his/her story and identified the changes that have occurred since the death of their special person; explored unfinished business and learned self-care for the future. Teen participants worked on art portfolios containing poetry, paintings, and journal entries.

Each adult participant received their own information regarding self-care, and how to help their children heal. The program concluded with a concerted balloon release. United Hospice Service would like to thank staff, volunteers, the Kids' Connection of Sanilac County, Sheldon Medical Supply, Ehardt's Pharmacy, UHS donors, donors to the Memory Bear Fund, and a special thank you to Val and Thelma for making "Memory Bears."

Plans for the next day camp will be scheduled in the spring. For information about future camps and other bereavement support, please contact United Hospice Service at 800-635-7490, or visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org.

Sincerely,

—Sara Redman

United Hospice Service

of Marlette Regional Hosp.

Marlette


November 03, 2010

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