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Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (Hospice & Palliative Care)

Camp Promise and Teen Grief Camp bring back hope

The death of a loved one can be an overwhelming experience for anyone, but for children and teens it can be especially confusing. Cleveland Clinic Akron General Visiting Nurse Service offers two special programs to help children and teens cope with significant losses.

The fourth annual TeenLife Grief Camp will be held July 28, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free, one-day camp will help teens ages 12-15 who are grieving the death of a loved one. Creative teen activities are used to assist teens in expressing their grief. Teens will experience peer support, camaraderie, grief support and fun as they interact with one another.

In its 12th year, Visiting Nurse Service will host Camp Promise July 31-Aug. 3, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. This free camp helps children ages 6-11 process a significant loss, such as that of a parent, grandparent or sibling. Children will learn to manage and understand their grief through creative activities such as craft-making, music, drama and art therapy.

Camp Promise participants group pictureCamp Promise gives children an opportunity to interact with others their age that are experiencing loss and to learn that they are not alone. A staff of professional facilitators oversee the children as they go through the creative stations. Meals and snacks are provided each day to the campers. 

Camp Promise, which was the first of its kind in Summit County, has helped more than 300 children since its inception. Participants attend both camps at no cost to their families thanks to the generosity of area donors. If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring this year’s camp, please contact the Akron General Foundation, 330-344-6888. 

Both camps are held on the grounds of the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley.

Camp Promise quoteFor more information on either camp, or other children and teen bereavement programs offered by Visiting Nurse Service, please call 330-668-4662.

Guidelines for Helping Children who Grieve
Oftentimes, we hesitate to talk about death especially with young children or adolescents; but, without the courage to talk openly and freely, we greatly limit our ability to help.

  • Parents/guardians, communicate to your children that they can openly express the feelings they have when a loved one dies.  
  • Parents/guardians, remember children communicate their thoughts and feelings according to their particular stage of development.
  • Children also process their grief in “bite size” pieces over time. They may mourn the death of a parent, grandparent, or someone the child was close to, on and off for several years.
 Date Updated: 23-DEC-2016


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3358 Ridgewood Road
Akron, OH 44333

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