Sunday, August 11, 2013

News: This and That

Camp Erin

The COPE foundation, a non-profit grief and healing organization dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child, has partnered with The Moyer foundation, to sponsor the NY affiliate of Camp Erin. Camp Erin New York City is a free, weekend long grief support camp designed to help children and teenagers afes 6-17 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them.

Camp Erin will take place this summer at Camp Wayne from August 23-25, 2013 (2.5 hours from NYC in the Pocono Mountains.

If you are aware of any child that might benefit from this camp, have their parent contact Ann Fuchs, director, at 914-939-5338 or .

For more information about Camp Erin please visit:

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Why Butterflies?

Have you ever wondered why the butterfly is symbolic for Compassionate Friends? Here is the reason:

Since the early centuries of the Christian Church, the butterfly has symbolized the resurrection and life after death. The caterpillar signifies life here on earth; the cocoon, death; and the butterfly, the emergence of the dead into a new, beautiful and more free existence. Frequently, the butterfly is seen with the word, “Nika”, which means victory.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross movingly tells of seeing butterflies drawn all over the walls of the children’s dormitories in the World War II concentration camps. Since children are intuitive, she concludes that these children knew their fate and were leaving us a message. The Compassionate Friends has adopted the butterfly as one of its symbols—a sign of hope to us that our children are living in another dimension with greater beauty and freedom—a comforting feeling for us.

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I would like to apologize to Wendy, a bereaved mother I met at the TCF conference in Boston. She asked to speak to me after a conference dinner and candle-lighting we were having on Saturday night. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was not able to meet her and did not know her last name or how to contact her to tell her I couldn’t meet with her. I sincerely apologize and hope that if you, Wendy, read this, you will contact me so we can talk.

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Safe Place

Safe Place is a retreat for bereaved parents where they will find others at different stages of grief, some moving forward, some stuck, some caught back up with the "normal" time. It will be held this year Nov. 8-10 at the Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly in Hunt, Texas. The facilitators are there to meet you at whatever level you are on.

The retreat is led by other bereaved parents and supported by professional counselors and includes time spent in listening groups and/or individual conversations.

The main goal is to provide a safe, spiritual environment where participants feel free to talk about their bereavement, share what has helped them cope and discuss how to move again, even if it is just putting one foot in front of the other for now.

Registration pays for sleeping quarters for two nights, 5  meals, the programming and all materials for the weekend. Scholarship assistance is available.

For more information, call Sue Endsley at 830-238-4455 ext. 226.