Hospice of Hilo will be having free, four-week youth and teen bereavement camps at its Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center located at 590 Kapi‘olani St. in Hilo. The youth camp is for children ages five to 11 and will meet from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm every Tuesday starting January 21 and going to February 11. The teen camp is for ages 12 to 17 and will meet from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm every Wednesday starting January 22 to February 12.
“Grief is a normal response to death and loss. Within every child and adult there is a natural ability to respond to great loss. Each person chooses his/her individual path for expressing grief. Any death is emotional and disruptive for an adult; it can be devastating for a child,” said Hospice of Hilo Children’s Bereavement Counselor Fujio Sato.
“In a relaxed, supportive, open and safe environment, the youth and teens work with professionals to learn positive ways to share their feelings related to their loss and learn new ways to cope,” said Community Bereavement Counselor Cathy Hough.
Pre-registration is required for each camp. No charge to participants. For more information or to register call Fujio Sato at 969-1733.