makes me feel a lot better that
everyone in this room has lost someone
and they all know how I
- Camp Good Grief participant
August 22-26, 2016 at Peconic Dunes Camp, Southold, New York
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|| Camp Good
Grief is a bereavement camp for children of all ages held on Long Island's East End.
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Grief is underwritten by proceeds from the East End Hospice Thrift
Shop, and by grants and generous donations from the East End community.
There are no fees for participation.
register for Camp Good Grief, or to request further information,
please call East End Hospice Children's Bereavement Coordinator Angela Byrns,
Camp Good Grief - a summer day camp for East End children who have experienced
a loss - was founded in 1997 by East End Hospice.
The idea of a
camp where children could gather for crafts, walks, and exchanging
thoughts had long been in the minds of Hospice bereavement staff. The
name "Camp Good Grief" came from children in the Hospice bereavement
and its "tree of life" logo is drawn by a young program participant.
The program is facilitated by certified social workers, therapists,
and nurse practitioners extensively trained in grief therapy for children.
staff members plan and lead each day with care, and are assisted by
carefully trained volunteers.
The camp has grown
to serve children of all ages, and is offered with no fees for its young
participants. Children sometimes come back a second and a third time,
and they are always welcome.
"This is not a
sad place," notes Hospice President Priscilla Ruffin. "Fun is mixed
in with therapy, and the important thing is that these children
learn they are not alone, and other children have gone through similar
experiences. . . . At school and at home they are different from
the other children. But here, they are the same."
the careful planning of each day," adds Bereavement Coordinator
Sarah Zimmerman, "are times of group therapy, art therapy, surprises
like magicians or making your own ice cream sundaes, and even playing
'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' on harmonicas passed out all around."
physicians, and others in the health care field of the East End are
urged to recommend Camp Good Grief to the families of children who have
experienced a loss. Please call Angela Byrns at East End Hospice,