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St. Claire Regional Hospice Camp Smile Provides Health and Fun

8/6/2012

St. Claire Regional Camp SMILE (Sharing Memories In A Loving Environment), a bereavement camp focused on helping children understand and accept the loss of loved ones, recently helped 31 children from the area.  The importance of the camp is illustrated by an 8 year-old camper who explained, “Remembering Daddy sometimes makes me sad, but it makes me happy too.”

The campers participated in various counseling activities such as games, crafts and groups. These activities helped them explore, understand and cope with their recent loss and work through questions related to feelings and memories. In addition, the campers enjoyed fun filled afternoons swimming at Morehead State University.

“It is always an intense week; it was sad, it was hopeful and it was rewarding. It is rewarding to share their journey, be part of the process and provide an environment for healing, “said Melanie Hurst, MSW, St. Claire Regional Hospice social worker.

St. Claire Regional Hospice and Palliative Care works closely with MSU Nursing Department to provide Camp SMILE each year at no charge to participate. Thanks to the generous support this year each camper attended the camp free of charge, enjoyed afternoon swimming and was given a camp t-shirt and grief workbooks to take home. St. Claire Regional appreciates the many who participated in the yard sale, adopt-a-camper and raffle drawing fundraising activities. As always, the support of fellow St. Claire Regional co-workers is an essential part of the success of the camp each year.

For more information on how to support or participate in next year’s St. Claire Regional Camp SMILE call (606) 783-6812.

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