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Free camp for grieving kids

Camp Erin in the Poconos offers free weekends

Camp Erin in the Poconos offers free weekends for kids who have lost a loved one. Credit: Handout

Has your child or teen lost a loved one? Perhaps he or she would benefit from Camp Erin, a free weekend experience for children ages 6 to 17 that combines traditional camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals.

Campers are comforted knowing other children have experienced similar situations and understand what they are going through, says camp director Ann Fuchs. “We’re offering them a safe environment, a loving environment. Life is still going on; life can still be fun amidst all the sadness,” Fuchs says. Kids will be taught healthy ways to cope with their grief that they can use during and after the camp weekend.

This is the first time the camp will be offered to children from the Long Island area and New York metropolitan area. The first session is scheduled for Aug 24 to 26 at Camp Wayne in the Pocono Mountains. Space is still available; contact Fuchs at 914-939-5338 or afuchs@copefoundation.org. Parents or guardians are responsible for transporting the child or children to and from camp.

The camp is run by The Moyer Foundation partnering with The COPE Foundation (Connecting Our Paths Eternally), a Melville-based nonprofit grief and healing organization. The Moyer Foundation was founded in 2000 by Jamie Moyer, and his wife, Karen. Moyer won 269 games in a 25-year major-league career and pitched in the 2008 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies. The foundation funds Camp Erin, a national network of bereavement camps for children and teens.

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