Camp GK Bear is a free, one day grief camp for children in grades K-6 who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives. It is offered by Rice Grief Center and Rice Hospice, and takes place at Rice Memorial Hospital on Saturday, November 9.
Camp counselors include staff from Rice Grief Center and Rice Hospice, as well as one trained volunteer for each camper, so every child gets a chance to connect one-on-one with a compassionate adult. According to Brenda Wiese, Grief Center Coordinator, “Our goal is to help the children understand the grief process and to teach them the skills necessary to help them heal.”
Mary Beth Potter, Director of Rice Hospice, explained that children often get overlooked in the grieving process because parents and other family members are struggling to cope with their own loss. “Camp GK Bear offers kids a chance to make sense of their feelings through activities, music, and small group discussion.”
The bereavement camp is centered around four main themes: (1) the life/death cycle, (2) feelings, (3) memories, and (4) change/moving forward. By the end of the day, all campers will have learned positive ways to deal with their grief and how to express their emotions through creative outlets like art, music, and writing.
Rice Grief Center is able to provide this valuable community resource free of charge through generous donations, grants, and volunteer support from: Rice Memorial Hospital, Rice Health Foundation, United Way of West Central Minnesota, Montevideo Area United Way, Ortonville United Appeal, and private contributions.
Rice Grief Center and Rice Hospice are services of Rice Memorial Hospital. For additional information and to register, please call Brenda Wiese at the Grief Center at (320) 231-4714, or download a registration form at ricehospice.com. Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 30.