News Release Date : 03/26/2008
“Camp Healing Hearts” Helps Kids Deal with Grief
It’s called Camp Healing Hearts and that’s exactly what it will do…help kids who are dealing with the death of a loved one to manage their grief. Camp Healing Hearts, hosted by St. Mary’s of Michigan and Heartland Hospice, will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2008, at Seton Cove Spirituality Center, located at 1647 S. Washington in Saginaw. It is intended for any child or teen who has experienced the death of someone close to them. “This is the first time we’ve attempted something like this,” says Tim Laugh, one of the organizers and the Director of Seton Cancer Institute. “But it’s something that’s needed and it fits the St. Mary’s of Michigan Core Values like a glove.”
The day-grief camp allows for children and teens to have a safe place to talk with others who have experienced a similar loss. It will also help them recognize appropriate and healthy ways to express grief through the programs activities. Those activities include special arts and crafts, musical activities, the performance of an illusionist, and a non-denominational memorial service. There will also be plenty of fun! Dinner will be provided. A corresponding educational program will also be provided for parents and guardians to learn how to cope with a loss as a family.
There is no charge to attend Camp Healing Hearts. Check-in begins at 3:30 p.m. and the program will take place from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you would like to register to attend or if you need more information, please call Audrey Torrez at 989-907-8122. Program participants must register by May 18.