2007-07-12 / News

Valuna sponsors children's grief camp

Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island (HHCRI), a leader in hospice and palliative care, is partnering with Valuna Restaurant in Saunderstown and the Wakefield YMCA's Camp Fuller, to help lighten the burden of grief that children experience following the loss of a loved one.

"Dubbed 'Camp Braveheart,' the goal of this children's bereavement camp is to provide an appropriate emotional outlet for children and adolescents ages 5 to 17 living in Rhode Island who have experienced the death of a loved one," Valuna Restaurant, a familyowned said bereavement coordinator Deanna Upchurch.

The camp, which takes place Aug. 23 and 24, from 9 to 5 p.m., will combine the traditional fun camp experiences such as swimming, sailing, rock climbing and archery with grief education, opportunities to memorialize, and emotional support. Age appropriate groups will ensure that teens and younger children feel comfortable sharing feelings and experiences. American taverna with a Mediterranean flavor, is located on Boston Neck Road in Saunderstown. Diners can help the cause by paying for their meals with cash. In return, the restaurant will donate any transaction fee that would have been assessed by credit card companies if the meal was paid for with a credit card. For more information about enrollment or to make a donation to the fund, please contact Chuck Iacono at 223-4001.

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