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When we lose a loved one, it seems nothing is right with the world. The sorrow that follows can be debilitating for anyone, and grief for a child can be a confusing process, and their reactions are the most often overlooked.

To address the needs of grieving children, the bereavement department of Niagara Hospice will offer its 13th Camp Hope from June 28 to 30 at the YMCA’s Camp Kenan in Barker.

Children ages 7 to 13 throughout Western New York who have lost a loved one – whether or not they ever received hospice care – are welcome to attend, free.

Camp Hope is staffed by professional counselors, trained volunteers and a nurse who is on hand for the entire weekend. During the camp weekend, children learn to express their grief through activities that include movement therapy, musical expression, arts and crafts, pet visits and a memorial bonfire. Rock wall climbing, making S’mores around the campfire, swimming and nature walks are part of the camp experience.

If you would like to sponsor a camper please contact the Niagara Hospice Alliance development office at 439-4417.