By Beth Pinyerd
For The Observer
A wonderful outreach to our Lee County Community is Camp Good Grief which is sponsored by Hospice Angels, Compassus and local donors. It is being held on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at the Opelika SportsPlex with check-in at 9:45 a.m. The camp will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is a free camp for children in first grade through 17 years of age who have experienced the loss of a parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle or anyone who has been important in their life.
Loss of a love one is difficult at any age, but especially so for children. Camp Good Grief was started in 2005. Its goal is to help children cope with the struggle and emotions of loss and grief.
Camp Good Grief provides confidence-building programs and age-based support encouragement. Time is spent with the children as they express how they are doing with the isolation that grief brings. Children meet others their age dealing with loss. Camp Good Grief offers a place where children have a voice and embark on healing in a safe, loving and fun environment.
The staff at Camp Good Grief/Bravery is led by a team of grief and loss-of-loved-ones professionals. Staff is carefully screened and receives specialized training on children’s grief issues. Group leaders encourage children to process their grief in a healthy and constructive way.
The activities for the day include Therapeutic Group Sessions, Opportunities to Share, Nature-Based Activities, Challenge Courses and Arts and Crafts.
Appropriate meals and snacks will be provided.
Registration for Camp Good Grief can be found at www.hospice angels.org/camp-good-grief. Too, you can contact the Compassus office at 334-826-1899.