Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bereavement Camp for Kids

In an effort to help western Pennsylvania children who have lost a loved one to understand the grieving process, Good Samaritan Hospice (GSH), a mission of Concordia Lutheran Ministries, will host an overnight summer bereavement camp (Camp Good Sam) from Aug. 14–16 at YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee near Zelienople, just north of Cranberry.

Camp Good Sam is designed for children ages 6–18. Interested campers must complete a camp application and participate in a brief interview before attending. Thanks to community support, grants, and organizational sponsorships, the minimal cost for Camp Good Sam is only $15 per family, which last year helped 13 kids better understand the grief process, as well as their own feelings.

The curriculum for the camp includes group sessions, one-on-one interaction, crafts, and activities. Campers are encouraged to work through grief at their own pace, while GSH counselors foster an environment of sharing and acceptance.

Registration is currently open. To register or receive additional information, contact Good Samaritan Hospice toll free at 1-800-720-2557 or visit GSH on the Web at

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