Forrest bereavement camp helps kids overcome loss of loved ones

Forrest bereavement camp helps kids overcome loss of loved ones

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Some children who have suffered the loss of a loved one are getting help through the grieving process thanks to volunteers at a special Forrest County summer camp.

Friday was the first day of Camp Camellia.  This is a three-day bereavement retreat hosted by Camellia Ministries.

More than 30 kids, ages 6-14, are attending.

The children also enjoy swimming, hiking, craft-making and other activities, all free-of-charge.

"Peer support is crucial," said Ashley Sneed, camp director. "Children don't always express their emotions the same in front of their family members as they will in front of strangers. They really look up to our junior counselors and our adult counselors who are here and we're able to get some information the families can't even get out of them."

This is the second year for the camp.