Lourdes Hospice offers free day camp

Lourdes Hospice offers free day camp

Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 8:00 pm

Lourdes Hospice in Paducah, Ky., is committed to providing support for both patients and their families during times of transition, illness, death and grief.  
For the past seven years, Lourdes Hospice has offered Camp Robin, a day camp that provides support and counseling to children affected by the death of a loved one. This year’s camp will be on April 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heartland Worship Center.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Camp Robin consists of therapeutic activities in a fun, safe environment to help children (ages 4-17) deal with grief. The camp is offered free to children and their parents living in western Kentucky and Southern Illinois. Campers will experience a petting zoo, free lunch, arts and crafts, story and letter writing time and a memorial ceremony with a balloon send-off at 1:45 p.m. to end the day. Adult classes that will be offered include “How to Help Yourself” and “Helping Children Grieve.”
“This year we have enhanced our teen portion of the day by adding a ‘Teen Team,’ which will focus on specific needs of teens dealing with loss,” said Shannah Poindexter, community relationship manager with Lourdes Homecare and Hospice.
“Teen Team” will include those who are 13-17 and is formatted to help the teenager cope with feelings in a positive way. Ms. Poindexter added, “Those teens who participate in ‘Teen Team’ at Camp Robin will have the opportunity to participate in an ongoing weekly bereavement.”
Camp Robin was named to honor a Lourdes Hospice patient who passed away in the fall of 2005. She died at the tender age of 13.
For registration information or volunteer opportunities, contact Ms. Poindexter at (270) 415-3636 or spoindexter@lourdes-pad.org, stop by Lourdes Hospice at 911 Joe Clifton Drive or register online at elourdes.com.

Published in The Messenger 4.3.13

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