BARABOO — Children in southern Wisconsin who have experienced the death of a loved one can find help coping with grief at three free, half-day summer camps hosted by grief specialists from Agrace HospiceCare.

Children 5 years old or older who are grieving the death of a person are invited to attend one or more camp sessions. The camp is open to any grieving child; they do not need to live near Baraboo or be related to an Agrace HospiceCare patient.

The three half-day sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Baraboo Civic Center, 124 2nd St. Sessions for children only will be held June 25 and July 11. A session on August 3 is for both children and their parents or guardians. Participants can choose among the dates; if space permits, it may be possible to attend more than one session. There is no cost to attend, but attendees must preregister by calling 608-327-7118 or visiting agrace.org/supportgroup.

“Community programs like this are important for children who are adjusting to daily life without the presence of a loved one who has died,” said Jessie Shiveler, Agrace community grief manager. “It can feel safer and more comforting for children to be with other young people who can relate because they’ve had a loss, too.”

Every year, nearly 2,300 people, including more than 400 children, receive grief support from Agrace to help them cope with the death of a loved one. Agrace hosts a variety of community grief support programs all year-round across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. These programs do not receive any type of reimbursement from insurance; the cost for programming comes from community donations to the Agrace Foundation.

For more information about Agrace’s community grief support, call 608-327-7118 or visit agrace.org/griefsupport.


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