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News SSM Health hosting three free Camp MAGIC summer retreats for children to help cope with the loss of loved ones

SSM Health hosting three free Camp MAGIC summer retreats for children to help cope with the loss of loved ones



Specialized support and companionship through fun and play


ST. LOUIS, MO (May 17, 2016) – For children who have experienced the loss of a loved one, finding a way to express their emotions is an important part of the healing process. SSM Health at Home Hospice offers annual one-day grief retreats called Camp MAGIC (Mending A Heart, Grief in Children) to help those who have experienced loss at a young age. This summer there are three full-day camps geared towards providing a safe place for children to express themselves and normalize their feelings with their peers working through the same issues.

"How much each child understands about loss depends on their age, life experiences and personality," says Carol Leverett, SSM Health at Home's Regional Director of Hospice. "Creating an atmosphere of comfort and openness is what we try and create at Camp MAGIC for each child and to let them know there is no right or wrong way to feel."


This year the full-day camp retreats take place on:

·         Saturday, June 4 at Binder Park in Jefferson City, MO

·         Saturday, June 11 at Purina Farms in St. Louis, MO

·         Saturday, June 18 at Shriner's Park Shelter in Mt. Vernon, IL

Camp MAGIC is designed for children ages 6-15 and promotes communication between children and parents regarding their loss, as well as provide resources to parents. At each retreat, every camper is paired with a trained volunteer to provide companionship, support and supervision throughout all activities. The day helps provide children with a safe space to express their grief, engage in special activities to help normalize their feelings and enable kids to experience a sense of togetherness with other children who have lost loved ones.

Camp MAGIC is free of charge and is made possible by the SSM Health Hospice and Home Care Foundation. For more information regarding Camp MAGIC or to register, please register online at or call SSM Health Hospice at 1-888-488-7768.



About SSM Health

SSM Health ( is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation. With care delivery sites in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, SSM Health includes 20 hospitals, more than 60 outpatient care sites, a pharmacy benefit company, an insurance company, two nursing homes, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a technology company and two Accountable Care Organizations.


With more than 8,500 physicians and more than 31,000 employees in four states, SSM Health is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. An early adopter of the electronic health record (EHR), SSM Health is a national leader for the depth of its EHR integration.


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