Camp BEAR Bereavement Retreat for Children Set for July 20
Original Release Date: May 22, 2012
KEARNEY - It's always challenging when an adult loses a loved one, but loss can also be incredibly difficult on the children in the family. That is why HealthConnect at Home Hospice is hosting its thirteenth annual bereavement day retreat.
Camp BEAR has been specially developed for bereaved children and adolescents ages 7 to 17. Camp BEAR is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 20 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3910 22nd Ave. in Kearney.
In the caring environment of Camp BEAR, specially trained staff will help children and adolescents recognize new coping skills for life changes. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to meet others their own age who know what it's like to lose a loved one.
Retreat activities such as pet therapy, creating memory books and keepsake boxes, and journaling will provide comfort, understanding and skills for children and adolescents who are grieving and searching for support. The retreat strives to give every person the comfort of knowing that he or she is not alone, and that with grief comes the permission to remember and talk about loved ones who have died.
Registration forms are due July 16 and are available from Lisa Anderson, Good Samaritan Hospice, by calling 865-7090, or mailing a request to PO Box 1990, Kearney, NE 68848-1990. The cost is $10 and includes lunch, snacks and special activities. Scholarships are available for qualifying children.