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BIRMINGHAM (March 07, 2011) - Camp Good Grief, a multi-agency effort to bring hope and healing to grieving families, is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Trinity CME Church of Pratt City (124 Page Ave., Birmingham). 


The inaugural one-day camp experience will engage the communities of Ensley, Forestdale, Pratt City and the Smithfield Estate neighborhoods in an effort to provide support for children, teenagers and their adult caregivers who are grieving a death, through education and activities in a welcoming environment. Experienced Grief Clinicians will lead both large and small group exercises to teach constructive communication skills, facilitate healthy emotional expressions and ultimately strengthen families' ability to face their grief. Children and teens will participate in activities to explore various aspects of loss. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with others in similar situations in an effort to foster healing. Adult caregivers will learn how best to support grieving children while also practicing positive self-care. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.


Camp Good Grief sponsors include The Amelia Center, Comfort Care Hospice, Trinity CME Church of Pratt City, Children's Hospital of Alabama, New Beacon Hospice, Digital Marketing Service, Inc., and Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church of North Pratt City.


For more information about the camp, or to learn how to register, please contact Kelly Wright at (205) 663-6887 or  


About The Amelia Center:

George and Jerrie Elliott, supported by Pastoral Counselor Joe McNulty and Children's Health System, established the Amelia Center in memory of their daughter, Amelia, a 17-year-old camp counselor who was one of four teens killed in a car/train collision in 1995. In addition to counseling that incorporates play and crafts for grieving young children, the Center offers individual and group counseling for teens and young adults through age 21 and support for parents whose children have died. With the exceptions of crisis management outside Birmingham's five-county area and some educational offerings, all services are provided at no charge. As a department of Children's Hospital of Alabama, the work is funded primarily by the United Way of Central Alabama, private foundations and donations.


About Comfort Care Hospice:

Comfort Care Hospice, LLC believes that the end of life can be a cherished time for patients and their loved ones. For those with a terminal illness, they provide the care necessary for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. The focus of care expands to include all the significant people in the patient's life.  Comfort Care Hospice recognizes all life stages are important - some just require extra attention. Comfort Care offers 13 months of bereavement and follow-up after the death of a patient. Our trained professionals realize that some families may require more time than others. Additional bereavement time may be extended on a need-by-need individual basis.


As a community resource, Comfort Care Hospice also provides grief education and bereavement services to skilled nursing and assisted living facilities as well as other members of the community who are experiencing grief and loss.


About Children's Hospital:

Children's Hospital of Alabama is the 10th busiest pediatric medical center in the United States. Located in Birmingham, Children's is one of only about 45 freestanding acute care hospitals of its kind in the nation and the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children.


Children's is home to the state's only Level I pediatric trauma center, the only pediatric renal care center, the largest pediatric burn center in the Southeast and is one of the largest pediatric outpatient centers in the nation. The UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Children's Hospital is Alabama's single largest provider of specialized pediatric services for all forms of cancer, leukemia, brain and spinal cord tumors, hemophilia and other blood disorders and sickle cell diseases. Children's treats 95-percent of the children in Alabama diagnosed with childhood cancers and other blood disorders, and offers the only pediatric bone marrow transplant program in the state.