Camp Love ‘n Loss Helps Grieving Youth


LEE COUNTY — Camp Love ‘n Loss is a unique and innovative summer day camp program designed specifically for children who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The mission of camp is to provide children with the resources to help them cope with their grief and to allow them to spend time with other children who are experiencing a similar situation.
Children grieve differently from adults, and that grieving has no set timeframe. A common misconception is that bereavement camps are full of tears and sadness. Not true! Camp is full of fun, good times, and friendship! Most kids don't know that they're not alone until they come to camp.  “We want each child who attends our camp to leave with a sense of hope, that they are not alone in their grief, and hope that they will continue to seek help in their journey towards healing,” said Cynthia Stringer, Hospice of the Rock River Valley grief counselor and camp coordinator. 
Our service is available to ALL children between 6 and 13 years of age who have experienced a loss and need support. A mixture of fun activities, including games, discussions, and focused arts and crafts, allows children to express feelings and concerns, identify supportive people, and find appropriate ways to use memories for healing and growth; with the theme of offering true HOPE for their future.
Since loss knows no bounds, our camp is provided free of charge to all and is sponsored and facilitated by Hospice of the Rock River Valley an agency of United Way of Whiteside and Lee County.
Camp Love ‘n Loss will be held on Thursday, June 8 at the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA and is hosted by Hospice of the Rock River Valley (HRRV).
Camp applications are due June 2, and are available by calling Cynthia at 815-625-3858 or online at www.hospicerockriver.org. Applications past the due date will be accepted based on space availability.

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