Losing a loved one can be hard for anyone int he family, but for children, dealing with grief can be extremely difficult. That’s why the Great Lakes Hospice Program at UPMC Hamot hosted their Grief Camp for Kids today.
The program gives kids a chance to talk about their feelings and learn coping mechanisms. The staff tells us that kids process these feelings differently than adults and it’s important to recognize their needs. Vice President of Great Lakes Hospice, Luanne Macisaac, says, “I think often kids want to protect their parents because they know their parents are grieving and they’re sad. So, this gives them the opportunity to focus on them and allow them to express their feelings and make sure that they’re doing okay with their grieving of their lost loved one.”
10 kids participated in this year’s program at Camp Sherwin. This is the fourth year for the program.