HEALING HEARTS | Transportation from West Side Available for "Together We Can" Children's Bereavement Camp
For the 15th consecutive year, Hospice of the Western Reserve will host Together We Can, a children’s bereavement day camp, at Red Oak Camp, 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Road in scenic Kirtland. This year’s camp is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 6-8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camp buses will pick up and transport children from the west side to the camp. The following drop off location has been arranged for Rocky River, Fairview Park, West Park and other west side neighborhoods: The Holiday Inn, 4181 W. 150th Street, Cleveland. Cost for the camp is $25 per camper; scholarships are available. Space is limited. The registration deadline is July 1.
Each year, up to 60 campers between the ages of six and 14 who have experienced the death of a loved one spend three days in this beautiful natural setting interacting with other children who have also had someone special die. “There’s nothing better than seeing all these kids who have experienced so many different losses come together in a beautiful setting to share stories, learn new ways to handle their grief, and have fun with other kids who understand what they’re going through,” said Karen Hatfield, counseling team leader at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center.
Children have the opportunity to share their feelings and ask questions in a safe, supportive environment. A variety of activities to encourage memories, coping and expression of feelings, as well as fun recreational activities are led by trained professionals who are experienced in working with children and grief.
For more information and to receive a registration packet, call Karen Hatfield at 216.486.6042.
About Hospice of the Western Reserve
Celebrating 35 years of service in the Northern Ohio region, Hospice of the Western Reserve is a nationally ranked non-profit agency providing comfort and emotional support to patients and their families. The agency provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support and bereavement services throughout the region, and cares for people in a variety of settings, including private residences, assisted living and retirement communities, nursing homes, at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake and David Simpson Hospice House on Cleveland’s east side. For more information, visit www.hospicewr.org, or call 800.707.8922.
Laurie Henrichsen is Director of Media Relations & Events with Hospice of the Western Reserve