New camp helps children cope with grief
COWEN, WV (WVNS) – Helping children overcome the grief of losing a loved one is the goal of a new camp in our area.
Comfort Zone Camp started in Richmond, Virginia 22 years ago. After a generous donation from the Cline Family Foundation, the camp was able to expand to the state of the mountain and help even more children. It is completely free and offers a variety of activities that allow children to talk about their feelings and provide tools to help them cope with their grief. This includes healing circles, support groups as well as traditional camp activities. The weekend usually ends with a memorial service specially designed for the children.
Lynne Hughes is the Founder and CEO of Comfort Zone Camp. She said that helping children deal with their grief now will also help them later in life.
“Statistically, if they grow up in a single-family home, just by default of losing a parent, they’re much more likely to drop out of high school, have substance abuse issues, and not necessarily be as productive as one. adult, so we give them the tools to help them through their grief, ”said Hughes.
Hughes said another unique feature of this camp is that parents and guardians are welcome to attend as well. She said they will participate in activities designed to help them raise grieving children, as well as deal with their own grief.
The camp is at Camp Cowen in Nicholas County. The first camp runs from October 22-24, 2021. Children ages 7-17 from across West Virginia are invited. If you want to register, go to Comfort Zone Camp. You can also call (804) -377-3430 or email [email protected] for more information.