Kenwood neighborhood stay-at-home mom Cathy Peel has just started the first Twin Cities bereavement camp for children.
Peel got the idea after a friend, her sorority sister, had called about another sorority sister who died, leaving behind children. During their discussion, the friend told Peel about a bereavement camp.
Said Peel, "I hung up the phone, went to bed that night… I woke up the next day and within two weeks I had a board, I’d filed for not-for-profit status, I had a name, and I had a logo."
Peel has not lost a parent, spouse or sibling. She said one of her influences is her father, a pediatrician who has worked in hospices.
Peel plans to incorporate grieving activities and plain old fun at Camp Blue Sky for Kids. "To that end, we’ve planned traditional camp activities, and more contemplative activities that are designed to help [kids] work through the healing process," said Peel.
The first camp is scheduled May 2-4, 2003. Peel is currently looking for participants and volunteers. For more information, call 374-2866.