Elkins Rotary learns more about Camp Good Grief

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Hinzman Patty Delauder, the bereavement and volunteer coordinator for Mountain Hospice, speaks to the Elkins Rotary Club about Camp Good Grief on Monday.

ELKINS — On Monday, the Elkins Rotary Club learned about Mountain Hospice’s Camp Good Grief.

Patty Delauder, the bereavement and volunteer coordinator for Mountain Hospice, began by describing the various types of grief children could potentially experience.

“Children often experience grief in many different ways,” said Delauder. “Most often we think of grief as a loss of someone passing. However, children can be grief-stricken in other ways — such as possibly being taken from their homes and placed into a foster care system or possibly losing their homes to fires or floods.”

Camp Good Grief, which intends to provide assistance to grieving children, will offer two events in the coming weeks.

“Mountain Hospice will be having a camp this week in Barbour County. It’s a free daycamp where every child will have one-on-one interaction with volunteers, chaplins and counselors to help them work through their grief,” Delauder said.

She additionally noted the success of the program thus far.

“We’ve already had quite a few of the camps, and so far we’ve had close to 50 children to attend in other counties,” she said. |When we’re out offering our services, it’s just unbelievable to see how much children are really experiencing grief in their lives. It’s an eye-opener.”

Delauder also said the non-profit is always looking for volunteers for various programs.

Upcoming day camps will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18 at the Barbour County Fairgrounds and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 at Elkins First United Methodist Church.

To contact Mountain Hospice, call 304-823-3922.

Additionally, the Rotary donated $2,362 in support of the Randolph County Humane Society, and took up a collection to benefit Harman flood relief that totaled $509.07.