Upcoming Camp Angel helps children dealing with death

Stephanie Guinn, with Guardian Angel Hospice, came onto News 18 at Noon on Monday to talk about how Camp Angel works and how people can get involved. (WLFI Photo)
Stephanie Guinn, with Guardian Angel Hospice, came onto News 18 at Noon on Monday to talk about how Camp Angel works and how people can get involved. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It’s never easy to deal with the loss of a loved one and it can be especially difficult for children. One local group focuses on helping children work through those emotions and it does it through something called called Camp Angel.

Stephanie Guinn, with Guardian Angel Hospice, came onto News 18 at Noon on Monday to talk about how the camp works and how people can get involved.

We provide a camp at Camp Tecumseh for grieving children, so any child or teen who is dealing with a loss of a loved one, someone close to them or a friend or a family member — whoever it was — that had an impact on their lives,” Guinn said.

There are two camps available. The first one that takes place this weekend is for teenagers.

“We start on Friday evening and end on Sunday, and it’s really an opportunity for kids to come and learn coping skills,” said Guinn. “Dealing with the loss of loved ones can be difficult, and getting to know other kids that are going through the same thing [because] they may not always know someone else.”

She said the camp allows attendees to deal with grieving, but have fun at the same time.

“We do some activities related to dealing with grief,” Guinn said. “We also do some plain old fun camp activities. … We give them tools they can take home with them also.”

A second camp is offered in November, and that one is for younger kids. Guinn said it’s the Camp Angel Day Camp.

This year’s Camp Angel will take place Sept. 23-25 at Camp Tecumseh, 12635 W. Tecumseh Bend Road, in Brookston. Guinn said there are still a few spots available for this weekend, if you would like to attend.

If you are interested in either camp, call Guardian Angel Hospice at 800-338-4043 for an application.

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