FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 21, 2017
Buffalo, NY

The Wilson Support Center (formerly known as Life Transitions Center) is hosting Camp Blue Skies for children and teens who have lost a loved one. “Camp Blue Skies is a weekend bereavement camp for children to share memories of their loved one, identify supports, and learn coping strategies that assist them with their grief,” stated Abby Unger, Camp Director. “They are encouraged to express their feelings and responses related to grief through various therapeutic arts activities. Campers leave with treasured resources, new friendships, and cherished memories of tribute to their loved ones.”

Jeanette, mom of 12-year-old Grace who will be attending camp this summer for her third year, states: “Camp Blue Skies has helped my daughter find her voice in relation to her grief. The first summer she was 10 and had a hard time talking about the loss of her father. We were all still in shock. Art and memory-making at Camp helped her [open up]. She asked to return to Camp last summer and immediately went and hugged all of her friends. She knows that these kids "get" her in a way that most kids her age don’t. They know what to say when she talks about her Dad or how to comfort her if she cries. She is so excited to be with all of her friends again this summer and is looking forward to being the ‘experienced one’ who new campers can lean on.”

The camp welcomes children and teens, ages 7-17, who have experienced the death of a loved one at least three months prior to the beginning of camp. Highlights include teambuilding, adventure activities, art , music, theater, bonfires, and more!
WHEN: August 25 - 27, 2017
WHERE: Cradle Beach Camp
8038 Old Lake Shore Road, Angola, NY 14006
COST: $50 registration fee
3 Ways You can REGISTER:
• Online at WilsonSupportCenter.org
• Call 716-836-6460
• Email GriefSupport@palliativecare.org
REGISTRATION ENDS: August 7

Clarice H. Otminski
Director of PR & Community Marketing
716-989-2072 office | 716-512-9325 mobile

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The Wilson Support Center (formerly known as Life Transitions Center, since 1977) provides bereavement support that is sensitive, compassionate and responsive to the needs of people in Western New York who are grieving the loss or death of a loved one, offering coping strategies, resources, education, professional and peer support groups. The Wilson Support Center is an affiliate of The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care – one of the largest non-profit hospice and palliative care organizations in the nation, caring for over 900 patients daily, throughout Erie County.

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