23rd annual Camp Caring scheduled, applications available

West Virginia Caring is holding its annual Camp Caring, formerly Camp Nabe, on Aug. 3 at Camp Mountaineer on 187 Camp Mountaineer Road, off Route 119 in Morgantown. The non-profit is accepting applications for campers who would like to attend this year’s camp.

Since 1996, West Virginia Caring has held a grief and loss camp to support children in West Virginia who have lost a loved one. It provides the child an opportunity to spend a day with other children who have also experienced the death of a loved one. This one day camp is free of charge and is open to any child age 6-14. Campers discover that they can live life in a changed world with a new relationship to their loved one who has died.

Camp Caring focuses on the unique grief process of children. Utilizing fun activities, trained counsellors, art therapy, and large and small group activities, the camp empowers each child to be able to express their grief and successfully cope with the feelings of their loss.

The pain of a death affects the whole family. As adults, we often are at a loss at both how to help the child we love who is hurting, and how to take time to heal ourselves.

WV Caring has grief workshops for the surviving adults in the child’s life. These sessions will run at the same time as the children’s camp. The purpose is that each family member is individually strengthened and supported so that the entire family can move forward together on their journey of grief to a place of new normal.

If you have questions, would like more information on camp or to volunteer, call Donna Davis with WV Caring at 1-304-599-4200 or email ddavis@wvcaring.org or visit https://wvcaring.org/services/grief-and-loss/camp-caring/ for applications and a brochure.

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