‘One Day at Camp’ helps grieving children cope, learn, adapt

A child crushing plastic water bottles (submitted photo)

A child crushing plastic water bottles (submitted photo)

One Day at Camp, hosted by Arizona-based nonprofit Stepping Stones of Hope, is to help grieving children ages 6-17 and their families by providing a neutral environment where both children and grown-ups feel safe to express their private and innermost feelings about their loss.

The camp, Saturday, Jan. 23 at First United Methodist Church in Phoenix, is to help children accept the death of a loved one, according to a press release.

At the camp, the children will also learn coping skills that will serve them as they experience the many changes, which occur throughout life, and begin accepting the new path their life has taken.

Providing a health outlet for expression may be the most important, as well as the most challenging, task parents and caregivers do, the release stated, especially when also dealing with ones own grief.

(submitted photo)

(submitted photo)

Stepping Stones of Hope established camp programs like One Day at Camp to give children whose lives have been disrupted by the death of a loved one and who may be struggling with their feelings, a chance to be around other children who understand and share a similar experience.

Stepping Stone of Hope is dedicated to providing comprehensive support-based programs, continuing care and education to grieving children, teens, families and adults throughout the community and across the state.

For more information about registering for camp, e-mail Diane Raden at dianer@steppingstonesofhope.org or call 602-264-7520. Online registration is available at www.steppingstonesofhope.org.

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