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Another Successful Year for Memorial Hospital
Hospice Good Grief Day Camp

Memorial Hospital Hospice recently completed its thirteenth year of offering Good Grief Day Camp at the Spiritual Life Center at the Vesper Church in Standing Stone. According to Trudy Ventello, LSW, there were 38 campers, 4 junior counselors, 16 volunteers, and 2 facilitators: a whopping total of 60 people. "The activities go back and forth between inside and outside and we had to dodge some rain, but these kids made a Memory Book, participated in a Memorial Service and otherwise learned that many other children have had the same unfortunate circumstance as they in losing someone they love," says Ventello. "They also had fun."

There were games to be played, people to meet, worksheets to complete and pictures to be taken. Written messages to their loved one were buried in the ground under a beautiful burning bush that was planted at the Vesper Church. T-shirts were signed, pizza and freeze pops were consumed, and everyone got soaked with torrential rain at the end of the day.

"Many, many thanks to the support of Rev. Bob Martin and his Vesper Church Community, to the junior and older, previous camper-counselors that continue to come back year after, the hospice volunteers and some tag along friends; Jeff Russell for his fantastic picture taking and collage-making, and to the kids brave enough to share their stories and lend their support to their new friends," Ventello said.

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Press Release
July 8, 2013
Contact: Jeff Russell 268-2444