Apply Now for August Youth Grief Support Camp Hosted by Hospice By The Bay

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Bay Area children and teens, ages 6 to 17, who are coping with the death of a loved one, can apply for Hospice By The Bay’s annual grief support weekend, Camp Erin™ Oakland/Bay Area to be held August 12-14, 2011.

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It really helps to talk with other kids who have gone through a loss and understand how you feel. You don’t feel so alone.

Bay Area children and teens, ages 6 to 17, who are coping with the death of a loved one, can apply for Hospice By The Bay’s annual grief support weekend, Camp Erin™ Oakland/Bay Area to be held August 12-14, 2011. Camp Erin offers grieving campers comfort, a feeling of belonging and tools to help their young hearts heal after losing someone they love. Attendance is free of charge and includes lodging, meals, traditional camp fun, therapeutic activities, and transportation to and from Larkspur to camp in Sonoma County. On camp weekend, parents and guardians attend pre- and post-camp activities with their children.

Camper spaces are limited, and applications will be reviewed as they are received. Preference is given to first-time attendees. For information and an application, contact Hospice By The Bay at CampErin(at)hbtb(dot)org, (415) 230-6310, or http://www.hbtb.org and click on Upcoming Events Calendar to download a Camp Erin application.

Campers gain emotional support through therapeutic groups and activities led by professional counselors. Camp Erin provides campers with an important connection to other youngsters experiencing similar losses. As one camper said, “It really helps to talk with other kids who have gone through a loss and understand how you feel. You don’t feel so alone.” Traditional camp activities that weekend include arts and crafts, sports, swimming and hiking.

Hospice By The Bay hosts Camp Erin Oakland/Bay Area in partnership with The Moyer Foundation. Another sponsor, The CYO Retreat Center in Occidental, where Camp Erin will be held, is a 216-acre facility in the redwoods with a lake, playing fields, pools and heated cabins.

Community members and businesses can support Camp Erin through charitable financial or in-kind donations online at http://www.hbtb.org or by calling (415) 526-5500.

Hospice By The Bay, a non-profit, regional provider of hospice and palliative care serving Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Sonoma counties, is dedicated to providing the highest quality of end-of-life care to patients and their families. Hospice By The Bay also serves all community members whose lives have been affected by the loss of a loved one through its community grief support program.

Hospice By The Bay is a 501(c)(3) organization that has been serving the Bay Area since 1975. Hospice By The Bay programs are funded through health care reimbursement and charitable donations from community members and businesses. For information about Hospice By The Bay’s care or to make a donation, call (415) 927-2273, or visit http://www.hbtb.org.

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