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Memories Matter Bereavement Camp is a one-day camp experience for kids ages 5-12 who have experienced the death of a parent, grandparent, sibling, friend or other loved one.
Children are often the forgotten mourners. The death of a loved one brings the need to deal with emotions and lifestyle adjustments. It is a very heavy burden.
Created and directed by Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice grief counselors, the camp is offered at Heartland Farms. The camp is free of charge and underwritten by St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.
The 2013 Memories Matter Camp will be held at The Dominican Sister's Heartland Farm. Call Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice for more information at 620-792-8171. Space is limited.
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Trained counselors will guide campers through a variety of activities designed to provide healing for body, mind and spirit.
Sharing feelings and working on projects with other children who have experienced a similar loss is an invaluable experience.
If you know a child who has experienced the loss of a loved one, now you have a way to help. Call Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice for more information at 620-792-8171. Space is limited.
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"We know they may be a little apprehensive at first," Wolf said. "But talking with counselors and other youngsters encourages them to talk more freely about their feelings throughout the day. Parents are welcome to stay all day or leave their children at the camp - whatever they choose," Wolf added. "They will be able to talk with our counselors about their concerns."
Counselors will be aware of the children's circumstances before the camp so they can better communicate with them and their families. Parents are encouraged to share any new information the day of the camp.
In some cases, special circumstances may be involved, Wolf added. These could include situations in which the child found the person dead or the deceased was the victim of a violent death such as murder or a car accident.
Since these circumstances can lead to complex grief issues, smaller counseling groups and one-on-one conversations will be available if needed, Wolf said.
"Those who have attended the camp in the past are encouraged to come again," Wolf noted. "As a child grows, the grief process changes and different coping skills may be needed."
Memories Matter, which began in 1999, is the only camp of its kind in central Kansas.
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