Southern Ohio Medical Center is helping children who have experienced the loss of a loved one through the grieving process with Healing Hearts, an SOMC Hospice kids grief camp.
The camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 11 at the Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street, Portsmouth. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required.
“The objective of Healing Hearts is to provide children the opportunity to meet in a safe, accepting environment where they can share experiences with other children who have lost a loved one,” Hospice Social Worker Jennifer Estep said.
On the day of the camp, children will be assigned a ‘Big Buddy’ to participate alongside them in activities and provide individual support. Big Buddies are paired with specific children based on shared interests and experiences, as well as their ability to provide the special support and guidance the child needs.
“We will provide the children with valuable information about grief and teach them appropriate and inappropriate ways to deal with their feelings, but we’re also have fun,” Estep said. “There will be crafts, gift bags and numerous activities designed to educate the children while helping them heal.”
Anyone who knows of a child that could benefit from Healing Hearts, or anyone interested in volunteering for the camp, should contact SOMC Hospice at 740-356-2567.