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Losing someone you love is a difficult part of life. Regardless of age, socioeconomic background or ethnicity, the loss of a loved one – a parent, sibling, grandparent or close friend – is an inescapable experience for most people.

Dealing with grief is essential. That’s because it is a normal, emotional, and healthy process that occurs after a significant loss. However, everyone is equipped differently for that process, and unfortunately grief is an emotion that is not reserved only for adults. In fact, research indicates that children are currently the most under-served bereaved population.

Consider the children you know and how their lives could be, or may have already been, turned upside down by the death of someone close to them. That’s why Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) offers Camp Daybreak, a free one-day bereavement camp for children, ages 6 to 13, who have experienced the loss of someone close to them.

Its purpose is to provide children the opportunity to participate in therapeutic activities that are specifically designed to address the grieving process. This allows children to share their similar thoughts and feelings with each other.

Camp Daybreak is normally held in October. Specific details for the next camp will be posted closer to that time. For more information about Camp Daybreak, call (205) 523-0101.