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Grief Camp at Longview church helps kids deal with losing loved one

According to HeartsWay Hospice, children tend to get left out when a loved one passes away.
Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 11:45 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2022 at 8:07 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - According to HeartsWay Hospice, children tend to get left out when a loved one passes away.

To help kids cope, they held a Grief Camp this week at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Longview. Ken Fennell with HeartsWay said children may have it tougher than adults since it may be the first time they’ve ever dealt with permanent loss. About 25 campers took part in a balloon release memorial service, a symbolic way of saying goodbye.

“We do a memorial service at the end of camp right before we do a carnival,” Fennell said. “And that memorial service is a way for them to think about their loved one last time and to write a letter to their loved one and do a balloon release.”

The camp hasn’t been held in two years because of COVID. Fennell said some of the campers returned this year from the last camp in 2019.

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Grief Camp at Longview church helps kids deal with losing loved one