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Camp Safe Haven: Helping families overcome grief

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Haven Hospice is offering a free, grief-support experience for families through the Camp Safe Haven program. The experience will help families understand their feelings of loss and give them an opportunity to heal.

Camp Safe Haven Family Camp will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Otter Springs Park and Campground, located at 6470 SW 80th Avenue in Trenton.

“The purpose of Camp Safe Haven is to provide families with the tools and support needed to understand and manage their emotional health,” said Vonceil Levine, MSW, a bereavement counselor at the camp who has served families in the Gainesville area for nearly 20 years and been a social worker for Haven Hospice since 2006. “We aim to encourage, enlighten and empower campers while offering them a chance to have a little fun too.”

Supported by Haven’s professionals and volunteers, Camp Safe Haven helps families to acknowledge that a change in their lives has occurred, to accept that change and to make adjustments. Camp Safe Haven is free and open to any families who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The loved one did not have to be cared for by Haven Hospice in order to participate in the camp.

“Each person in the family played a different role in their loved one’s life and each family member will experience grief differently.

At Camp Safe Haven, we encourage families to understand this dynamic,” said Levine. “Above all, we’re here to help and you do not have to be alone in your grief.”

For more information or to sign up for the camps, call Vonceil Levine or Marissa McGehe at 800-HOSPICE (467-7423) or visit www.havenhospice.org/campsafehaven.