Kids kickoff summer with grief release

Balloons are released for loved ones who have passed away. / Jessica Fairley

Friday was the official first day of summer.

Many people spent the day at the park or at the pool but one group of kids used the day to release their grief.

As balloons were released into the atmosphere, children at Camp Good Grief let go of their pain. Each balloon represented a family member that passed away.

"So many times when children lose a loved one especially when it's a parent or a very close uncle or aunt they don't have anybody that they can talk to very easily," said Cheryl Nance, Camp Good Grief Bereavement Counselor.

With Camp Good Grief the children were able to open up and share their experience. Counselors used different games as tactics to get the children to share their story.

Madison Cameron's mother passed away a year ago. She stated that camp grief widened the number of shoulders she now has to lean on.

"It's a good feeling to know that you have a lot more people to go to," said Madison Cameron.

Friday's camp was dedicated to kids in the 2nd and 5th grade. Next week the Albany Community Hospice will host a camp called "Journey" for middle and high school students who are dealing with the loss of a loved one.

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