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Release Date: 7/5/2012

Safe Space Camp participants share experiences, fun

During a group discussion, Fredbird, the mascot for the St. Louis Cardinals, lightens the mood with his silly antics.

During a group discussion, Fredbird, the mascot for the St. Louis Cardinals, lightens the mood with his silly antics.

Thirteen young people participated in this summer’s free, four-day Safe Space Camp, created to help adolescents and teens who are grieving the death of a loved one. The camp was offered in June by St. Anthony’s Medical Center Hospice at the South Side Church of God, 12145 Tesson Ferry Road.

Safe Space Camp 2012 featured sharing stories, honoring losses, learning about grief and discussing what comes next. Campers had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, including expressive art therapy, music therapy, peer panel support groups and team-building activities and “challenges.” Former St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Andy Van Slyke and Cardinals mascot Fredbird were special guests at the camp.

Camp participants also were offered individual time with professional counselors from Horizon Hope Counseling, Inc. and were given the chance to get to know other teens experiencing loss through the death of a loved one.

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