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Parents

Dear Parent or Guardian,

The Children’s Bereavement Network is a non- profit organization that sponsors Camp Live, Laugh, Love for children grieving the death of a significant loved one in their life. This camp is FREE! Because of donations from caring people in our communities, there is no cost to you or your child. A caring group of trained professionals and volunteers have come together to help children realize that “IN LIFE THERE IS HOPE”.

Our goal is to provide a safe environment in which children can explore and express their grief. Grieving is unique for each child and they grieve differently at each stage of development. Camp Live, Laugh, Love works with children ages 8 -13 at this age children are struggling with their own self-concept. The death of a loved one creates a huge disruption in their lives and leads them to question their own mortality. They may even feel responsible for the death. Sometimes their grief is seen in their schoolwork, hostility toward peers and family, and avoidance of previously enjoyable activities. They may withdraw; have sleep disturbances such as insomnia, nightmares, refusal to sleep alone or excessive sleep. Somatic problems such as headaches, abdominal pain and chest pain may also arise. At Camp Live, Laugh, Love children learn healthy grieving habits and positive coping skills. They relate to other children with similar feelings and confide in a teen buddy, who listens to their needs and concerns. We also have fun activities like rock wall climbing, low ropes, water activities, sports, campfires, and therapeutic crafts which enhance their experience with laughter and fun without guilt. This year Camp Live, Laugh, Love will be July 26th -28th , 2013 at Camp Nissokone in Oscoda, Michigan.

We have a limited amount of space so children will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. All information from both CBN and Camp Nissokone must be filled out completely. Please contact us if you have any questions or need help filling out any of the forms. If you think your child will be attending, please submit the completed application to hold your child’s place. Medical information and contact numbers will be updated at camp check-in.

We look forward to receiving your child’s application and welcoming your family to CBN. Please let us know if transportation is a problem, although we strongly encourage parents/guardians to accompany their child at registration and to be present for the closing ceremony. You will be amazed at the difference it makes when a family shares this unique experience. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely, CBN Board and Volunteers