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PUTNAM COUNTY — Putnam County Hospice, in conjunction with Trinity United Methodist Church, Putnam County Education Service Center and Pathways Counseling Center will be sponsoring their Annual Good Grief Fun Camp. Good Grief Fun Camp will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 23, 24 and 25.

Good Grief Fun Camp is open to any child in Putnam County and the surrounding counties who have experienced loss by death. Good Grief Fun Camp is designated for children (ages 5 to 18) who have experienced the death of a loved one. This camp specifically addresses the needs of the children. They learn how to share concerns, questions and feelings, and to talk about what they feel as they grieve at their own pace. Often times, children can express their grief much easier while playing a game or using art. Children experience grief just as much as adults do. However, the way they experience grief varies with their age and ability to understand what it means that their loved one has died. Even infants and toddlers experience grief when there is a death in the family.

Many children find it helpful to talk with someone they trust about their feelings, fears and questions that they may have concerning the death of their loved one. Children will talk about their experience of grief for a short period of time and then return to play. It is important to let them talk when they need to and not to force them. Children will talk when they are ready. It is important to let them know that they can talk about what they are going through. The children are eligible to attend camp for up to three years if they choose to do so. This is to allow the children to grieve at their own pace according to their developmental abilities. Some of the activities that the children are involved in are group time, horseback riding, swimming, team building exercises and arts and crafts. Each activity is designed to facilitate discussion on grieving about their loved one. Children grieve in doses and do not always want to “sit and talk about it.” The parents, children and members of Putnam County have been very receptive to Good Grief Fun Camp and are very generous in giving to such a worthwhile cause. Following are some comments from satisfied parents and children regarding their experience while attending Good Grief Fun Camp: “Thank you for creating such a loving, accepting environment for children to discuss their feelings” and “I liked everything and had fun with everything. I would not want to change anything about it.”

For more information regarding camp, please contact Julie Mason at Putnam County HomeCare and Hospice.


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