Hi from Camp Erin NYC,
Happy Post Thanksgiving! Hopefully it was peaceful, fun and not too filling!
Maybe you took some time to stop for a moment and think about what you are grateful for. If not, any moment is a good moment to stop and reflect. In our present world of so much unrest and conflict, remembering what’s good may be a source of strength – maybe something as simple as a friend’s smile or their unwavering support, a walk around the neighborhood, a moment to sit in quiet, some family time, a good book or that really exceptional slice of pizza!
During camp, our campers expressed their thoughts and were thankful for the opportunity to meet others on the same journey and share their stories. They enjoyed the different food options, playing drums, exploring the lake and ropes course and being able to channel their inner creative side in art! Enjoying simply hanging and laughing was unanimous!
Moving from Thanksgiving to Christmas and Hanukah, can be hard after someone dies. Perhaps the connections made at camp can help make a tough moment easier. Maybe involving the family in a memory project can help create positive memories to remember.
Have a favorite shirt from your person? Turn it into a pillow and tag it with… “This is a shirt I used to wear. Whenever you hold it, I am there.”
Have a wide mouth bottle or jar with a lid? Fill it with strips of colored paper with your favorite memories written on each. Can decorate the outside or simply enjoy the colors and memories as a reminder.
We wish you a season of peace and healing, fun and laughter.
Ann and Stephanie
COPE partners with Eluna to offer Camp Erin® NYC, a FREE, weekend long grief support camp designed to help children and teenagers ages 7 – 17, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them.
Children and teens ages 7 to 17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving. There is also a concurrent parent and adult retreat for caregivers of the children who attend Camp Erin NYC for a nominal fee.
“CAMP ERIN® NYC HELPED ME FIND THE PART OF ME THAT I WAS MISSING. IT MADE ME REALIZE MY DAD IS THERE AND HE WILL ALWAYS BE A PART OF ME.”
– CAMP ERIN NYC CAMPER
For more information about Camp Erin NYC, please email Camp Director Ann Fuchs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your support helps grieving children build a support team, forge forever friendships and gather the tools to navigate their grief journey. THEY need you and WE need your support.
To DONATE money needed for supplies and services, see link below, or make checks payable to COPE (with a note in the memo section “Camp Erin NYC”) and send to The COPE Foundation, P.O. Box 1251, Melville, NY 11747.
For more information, please call Ann Fuchs at 914.552-6919 or email afuchs@copefoundation.
COPE’s Camp Erin NYC 2023 BOWL-A-THON
Thank you to all who joined us April 24th at Frames Bowling Lounge in NYC for a night filled with fun, friends,
and food in support of Camp Erin NYC!
All proceeds go directly to providing the resources and supplies needed to put on this amazing healing weekend!
Eluna is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to support children and families impacted by grief or addiction. Founded in 2000 in Seattle by former MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps Moyer, Eluna was originally called The Moyer Foundation and launched a series of programs supporting thousands of children and families annually at no cost to them. Camp Erin® is the largest national network of grief programs for bereaved children and teens, Camp Mariposa® is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth impacted by a family member’s substance use disorder, and the Eluna Resource Center offers online tools, local referrals and personalized phone and email support for families experiencing grief, addiction and other related issues. For more information, please visit elunanetwork.org.
Eluna partners with bereavement programs in local communities to help fund, develop and grow Camp Erin® nationwide. For more information, please visit elunanetwork.org
Looking for important grief resources to help a child, friend or family member in your community or nationwide? We are proud to share the Eluna Resource Center Its straightforward design makes it easy to search for articles, videos, activities, and referrals to local programs. In addition, Eluna offers free personalized recommendations with a 24-hour turn-around.