Camp Flutterbye annual bereavement camp

Hospice Program to Offer One-Day Grief Camp

Community Nurses Home Health and Hospice holds an annual bereavement camp for children each summer, called “Camp Flutterbye.” This year, the group will again offer an additional day of camp to help families deal with their grief during the holidays. Camp Flutterbye will be held Saturday, November 7 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Pines, on Windfall Road in St. Marys.

“The holiday season is often a sensitive and confusing time for children and teens who are grieving the death of a loved one,” said Joanne Straub, the hospice social worker who facilitates the camp. “We hope to help the kids understand their feelings and to find effective ways to cope with them.”

The camp offers various activities throughout the day, some designed for therapy and some designed for fun. A pizza party will be held, and there will be indoor swimming.

There is no fee, and anyone of school age (kindergarten through grade 12) is invited to attend. An application must be completed and is available online at or by calling 781-4722.

Community Nurses is an affiliate of Penn Highlands Elk and is a home care agency providing Home Health, Hospice, Private Duty/Home Support Services, and Adult Day Care to the residents of Cameron, Elk and McKean Counties, and parts of Clearfield, Jefferson and Potter Counties.