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June 9, 2017MARYVILLE, Mo. |  By: Dieringer

Northwest offers day camp for children coping with grief or loss

Northwest Missouri State University faculty member Elizabeth Dimmitt and students are collaborating to offer a day camp this summer to help children in the region who may be coping with grief and loss.

Students particpating in the effort have enrolled in a summer course, titled Pyschology of Childhood Grief and Loss. An advisory committee, which includes eight Northwest faculty members, is also assisting.

The camp will be a a one-day experience that takes place over the course of three separate days to accomodate different age groups. The first session will begin Wednesday, July 19, for 5-to-8-year-olds; followed by Thursday, July 20, for 9-to-12-year-olds; and Friday, July 21, for 13-to-17-year-olds.

Dimmitt says children experiencing grief or loss can feel confused and alone, even in the midst of loving family and friends. The camp is designed to help children establish friendships and a sense of belonging. It will help them explore feelings of grief while helping them develop skills to cope with these negative emotions. The camp will also offer educational resources for parents and care givers.

Dimmitt noted children do not need to be suffering from a recent loss because grief can be longstanding. She also says children don't need to be struggling to attend, those who wish to just talk about their loved one(s) are welcome as well.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the camp or to offer assistance, contact Dimmitt at 660-562-1852 or at