Archbold’s Hospice Hosts Annual Camp HEAL

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The loss of a grandparent, parent, sibling or friend may occur at some point in a child’s early years. So when a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with the loss, especially if you are working through your own grief as well.

This fall, Archbold’s Hospice of Southwest Georgia will host the 12th annual Camp H.E.A.L. (Healing and Encouragement After Loss), a bereavement day camp that helps children ages 6 to 17 learn to cope with the loss of a loved one.

The day camp, funded through designated gifts made to the Archbold Foundation, is free and open to children who have recently experienced a loss.

“Camp H.E.A.L. gives children a safe environment to bond with other children who have also experienced the loss of a loved one,” said Sheri Walters, Hospice of Southwest Georgia administrator. “Our camp offers a therapeutic value that addresses each child’s individual needs. We incorporate fun activities, along with the education and emotional support that encourages campers to share with others who are learning to cope with the same feelings.”

Trained professionals and volunteers assist with the therapeutic activities offered at the free camp—pet therapy, art therapy, and educational discussions on grief and bereavement—while helping the children discuss the loss of their loved one and how to work through grief.

Camp H.E.A.L. will be held in Thomasville on October 21, 2017 from 9am–5pm at Camp Piney Woods.

The deadline to register a camper is October 9, 2017. Applications are also being accepted for Camp H.E.A.L. volunteers. The deadline for volunteer applications is September 29, 2017.

For more information on registering a camper or becoming a Camp H.E.A.L. volunteer, call Hospice of Southwest Georgia, 1.800.290.6567, or visit


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