Bereavement Camp

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Free overnight camp helps youth cope with grief.

Later this month a unique two-day camp in Livingston County will be held for the fifth year in a row. The camp will combine traditional summer activities with age-specific grief support for children and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Ted and Jane’s Camp Courage is an overnight camp at the Howell Conference & Nature Center. Session One for ages 13 to 17 will be held July 13 and 14 and Session Two for those ages 6 to 12 will be held July 27 and 28. This free program is a collaborative effort of the Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Foundation and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospice. Since its inception, more than 200 young people have attended.

Children and teens can attend Camp Courage to participate in a combination of outdoor activities, creative arts and music activities. All activities are designed to help campers express and share their grief with peers in order to help them cope better. Campers also will take part in a special memorial ceremony as a remembrance of the person who died.

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“Camp Courage was created to provide a caring, safe and nurturing environment where grieving children and teens can share with peers who have had similar experiences,” explains Claudia Nafsu, a St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospice bereavement program and camp coordinator. “This supportive environment enables young people to understand that they are not alone in their grief.”

For more information about Camp Courage, please call Claudia Nafsu at 734-327-3224 or