Flutterbye is a support program created by the Community Nurses, Inc., to help children cope with the loss of a loved one.
The program reaches out to grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The support program meets monthly for meetings and yearly for a day camp. Because of a grant awarded by Women Who Care, the program will be extended to a two-day camp in the summer of 2012.
“Women Who Care awarded us a $2,500 grant to extend our camp to two days,” said Joanne Straub, Social Worker and Bereavement Coordinator for Home Health and Hospice. “Now with two days we will be able to do more problem solving.”
The most prominent focus of the Flutterbye program and the camp is to develop healthy coping mechanisms to the loss of a loved one. The camp puts emphasis on understanding feelings and how to deal with them.
“First of all we establish that feelings are not right or wrong, because it is important to normalize and identify feelings,” Straub said. “We do activities geared to how to deal effectively with those feelings, and then we practice memory-making activities to learn that memories are healing.”
The 2012 Flutterbye Camp will be held at The Pines, donated by The Wolfe Family, on June 14 and June 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The camp is free of charge and open to anyone. Those looking for more information about attending, or volunteering at Camp Flutterbye can contact the Community Nurses at 814-781-4722. Flutterbye serves Elk, Cameron, McKean and parts of Clearfield, Jefferson and Potter counties, but anyone is welcome to attend. Any agency interested in participating can contact the Community Nurses at 814-781-4722.
Pick up a copy of the Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.