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ProMedica offers bereavement camp for ages 6 to 16

Children and adolescents who have lost loved ones work through the grieving process under the guidance of trained professionals and volunteers.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Children and adolescents ages six to 16 have the opportunity to cope with the loss of a loved one through ProMedica Hospice's Camp Fearless.

The free bereavement day camps feature therapeutic activities like arts and crafts and exercises led by trained staff and volunteers.

Parents and guardians also have the opportunity to meet individually with camp leaders to discuss the needs of the children and family and are provided with additional resources to continue working with the children throughout the grieving process.

Four camps are at different locations in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, each with different dates, times and registration deadlines.

Starting a healthy grieving process is important for young children to help them cope throughout their life, ProMedica Hospice Social Worker Kelly Macy said.

"Children grieve in spurts," so losing a loved one at a young age can continue to impact them throughout their life, she said.

Sylvania, Ohio, will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 28 to July 1 at the Sylvania First United Methodist Church at 7000 Erie St. Registration is open through June 13. For more information or to register, call 419-824-7400.

Fremont, Ohio, will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from July 19-22 at the Grace Lutheran Church at 705 W. State St. Registration is open through July 4. For more information or to register, call 419-547-6419.

Monroe, Michigan, is meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 21-24 at the Riverside Learning Center at 77 N. Roessler St. For more information, call 734-240-8490.

Coldwater, Michigan, met from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 18 at the ProMedica Conference Center at 370 E. Chicago St.

Online registration is also available for Camp Fearless.

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