Hospice organizations hosting virtual Camp Good Grief

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Camp Good Grief will be held virtually for the second consecutive year. Courtesy Hospice of Michigan

An annual Michigan-based camp for grieving children will provide support and therapeutic activities on Zoom next month.

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice’s annual Camp Good Grief will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 31, and for the second consecutive year, the free, one-day retreat for grieving Michigan children will be held virtually.

The registration deadline for Camp Good Grief is July 16, as space is limited. A Zoom link will be provided upon signup.

Camp Good Grief is for children ages 8-17 who are coping with grief after experiencing the death of a loved one. Throughout the day, children will have opportunities to address their feelings and remember their loved ones through a variety of activities focused on grief education and emotional support, including arts, crafts, music and conversation. Children also will find comfort knowing there are others just like them who have experienced a similar circumstance and can relate to how they are feeling — opening up possibilities to create new friendships that could last long after camp is over.

“It is so important that we continue to check on our children and make sure they’re doing OK,” said Karen Monts, director of grief support services for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. “There’s no question this past year has been extremely tough for everyone. Children cope with grief differently than adults. We want to be there for them as they navigate their journey, so they know they’re not facing grief alone.”

All activities during the virtual camp session will be administered and facilitated by Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice grief professionals and music therapists. Attendees also will have all supplies provided to them free of charge.

Prior to camp, Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice will provide a brief educational session for parents or guardians to learn more about the virtual format and what their children can expect during the session.

More information about Camp Good Grief is available at Hospice of Michigan’s website or by contacting Jackie Morris at (313) 578-6328 or jmorris@hom.org or Margie Martin at (734) 769-5821 or mmartin@arborhospice.org.

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