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Camp aims to help kids cope with death


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Children cope with illness and loss differently than adults. St. Luke's Hospice is offering an overnight grief camp for children and teens that have experienced the death of a loved one.

Camp Embracing Memories is a first of its kind in Eastern Iowa and it's designed to help children effectively cope with death in a safe, accepting environment. Planned activities will focus on the grieving process while allowing interaction with others who have experienced similar losses.

The camp is designed to normalize children's feelings of loss so they know they are not alone. Trained Hospice staff will provide education and support to enhance coping skills and abilities, while still being able to feel connected to the loved one who died. Fun activities will also be used to help children cope, such as making memory bracelets and memory pillows, listening to guest speakers, engaging in outdoor activities and more.

This is the first year for Camp Embracing Memories. It's aimed at kids and teens ages seven to 16. St. Luke's Hospice is offering this camp at no cost to participants.

The overnight camp will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 2009 and end Sunday, September 13, 2009 at noon. Camp Embracing Memories will be held at YMCA Camp Wapsie, located in Coggon, and lodging and meals are included.

To request a registration form or to learn more, call St. Luke's Hospice at 319/369-7744 and ask to speak with a social worker. Or visit, click on "Our Services" and click on the link for Hospice.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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