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Kids Cope with Loss Through Grief Camp
COGGON (CBS 2/FOX 28)-- With each stitch, 12-year-old Holly Faley is turning her grandmothers old shirt into a new memory.
Its just nice to be able to have that with me, Faley said of her grandmothers flannel shirt.
Stuffing it with a little cotton, shell use it as a memory pillowsomething to sleep on, cry on, and remember her grandmother by who died from lung cancer.
We brought her to our home, she said. She died early Sunday morning, the night she got there.
Its her second year at grief camp.
A place Holly first came to, to cope with the loss of her father--a place where she feels normal.
They know kind of what Im going through better than most kids at my school, Faley said.
At grief camp, shes one of 40 children, ranging from ages eight to 16, coping with the loss of loved one.
It helps normalize what theyre going through, said social worker and camp supervisor Lorrie Holcomb.
Through activities like making memory pillows, telling stories, and other arts and crafts, kids learn tools to help them deal with their pain.
What to do if theyre feeling angry or theyre feeling sad? Who to turn to? Holcomb said.
At eight years old, Gage Sullivan is learning ways to cope with his grandfathers death by celebrating his life.
I really miss him, Sullivan said.