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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Summer camp offers grieving kids ways to share feelings, cope with loss

INDIANAPOLIS – The loss of a loved one brings a mixed bag of emotions to anyone, but it can be a particular burden for youngsters who are trying to sort out their feelings.

Yet there’s a place in central Indiana that helps young people deal with their grief and share their feelings with others in similar situations. That’s why St. Francis Hospice is an supporter and active participant at Camp Healing Tree, which offers a special weekend opportunity for children and teens.

The camp is accepting applicants for its Aug. 21-23 session. Trained and screened volunteers from St. Francis and other area hospices are on hand to work with participants on an individual or group basis.

"The camp is designed as a support environment in which to gently teach coping skills and build self-esteem and support," said Roberta White, St. Francis Hospice coordinator. "Although the camp focuses on grief support, there also are many social and fun activities for the campers, such as swimming, arts, crafts, games, to name but a few."

Located on Indianapolis’ west side at Jameson Camp, Camp Healing Tree begins at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21, and concludes with a memorial services for participants and their families at 11 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 23.

Because of limited availability, only first-time campers are being accepted for this year’s session.

For more information, contact Roberta White at 317-865-2092. Direct registration for Camp Healing Tree can be made by calling 317-388-2267, or visiting