Sunday, October 15, 2000

Local centers for help

        Since the mid-1980s, more agencies have focused on helping children deal with the loss of loved ones. Some in the Tristate include:

        • STARS Grief Support for Kids: Nine-week support groups for adults, teens and children. The sessions are free and sponsored by Linnemann Funeral Homes and St. Elizabeth Medical Center Hospice Program, both of Northern Kentucky. For more information, call (859) 292-4916 or (859) 727-1250.

        • Camp Great Escape:Every year, children 6 to 12 years old can attend a three-day bereavement camp that helps children mourn, express their feelings and heal. The camp, which also offers play activities, is sponsored by Linnemann Funeral Homes, Hospice of Northern Kentucky, St. Elizabeth's hospice program, Cancer Family Care and Time Warner Cable. For more information, call (859) 441-6332.

        • Fernside Center for Grieving Children: Long-term support groups for children and adults between September and May. Fernside also sponsors Camp WeBelong, a bereavement camp, with Hospice of Cincinnati. For more information, call (513) 841-1012.

        • Willow Wood Center for Grieving Children: 10-week support group sessions a year for children, 5 to 18 years old, and their parents. Each session group makes a memorial quilt and participates in a memorial service. Services are free. For more information, call (513) 753-6464.


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