Though her life was very brief, little Emily Johnson’s legacy has continued to touch the lives of countless children and their families. In honor of her memory, Camp Emily was developed in 2007 to fill the need for bereavement services in our region that are specifically designed for children.

Camp Emily is a free area day camp held each year for youth ages 7-18 who have experienced the death of someone they loved. Age-appropriate activities, discussions and breakout sessions are provided, along with meal breaks. All groups are facilitated by professionals trained in grief.

“Grief is a journey, and everyone has their own path. Camp Emily provides an outlet for children and families to process their grief. The age-appropriate activities help with healing and shows them they are not alone.” Terry Beck, bereavement social worker at LB Hospice said.

The annual Camp Emily will be offered by LB Hospice, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, at Bethel Church located on 702 W Alcott Ave. in Fergus Falls.

Parents or guardians are asked to attend and participate in the daylong event. Thanks to donors and sponsors, there is no charge to participate in Camp Emily.

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Those newly bereaved, as well as those who have been on the path of grief for some time, are welcome.

For more information, to request brochures or to register, call 218-998-1400 or register online at LBHomes.org/services. Space is limited, so early registration is requested. The registration deadline is Oct. 1, 2021.