Kids camp helps build coping skills

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) - Losing a loved one in any case is difficult to cope with, and for children it can be even harder. Today, Hospice Care held their annual Camp Nabe just outside of Morgantown.

The one day camp is designed for children between 6 and 14, who've lost a loved one, to develop coping skills to use for the rest of their lives.

"Talking about grief is hard, but they made it fun and easy to do," camper Rayanna Capral says.

Trained guidance buddies are partnered with each kid in attendance, and the volunteers usually have dealt with a form of grief in their past, which in turn allows them to connect at a deeper level.

"The kids really love it every year and they really learn a lot which is what I think is the most important thing," Megan Strogan a fourth year counselor, says.

Camp director Kadie Baker says this is an opportunity for kids to open up with people going through a similar experience.

"If a child can't identify or learn to deal with all of the steps in the grieving process they can be lead down some tough roads. Unfortunately everyone will lose somebody close to them, so we teach them skills they can use for the rest of their lives through games and activities," Baker says.

Everyone was also given time to reflect on the good memories of their lost one, but it was also an opportunity to let a piece of their past go.

For tips on coping with grief, watch the video above.