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June 5, 2008

Dougherty County--An emotional ceremony on Thursday afternoon wrapped up a camp that helped grieving kids handle the loss of a loved one.

About 50 elementary aged kids took part in Camp Good Grief the past two days.

It ended on Thursday when doves were released and each child let a butterfly go in honor of their lost relative.

Children are referred to the camp through area schools.

"For kids who've had that experience and are really struggling with the loss, we give them a two day experience for them to talk about their grief through different interactive activities, to work through the issues and grief and loss often brings up," Bruce Pittman, Bereavement Coordinator.

Each one of the youngsters who participated in this year's camp left with a teddy bear.

This year organizers started Journey Camp, which is geared toward helping teenagers deal with a loss.


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