Camp Cocoon Butterfly Release

Remembering Loved Ones

Aug 09, 2015, 11:40 ET from PruittHealth

NORCROSS, Ga., Aug. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, in the mountains of North Georgia, many children just started a very special transformational journey – from mourning to healing. As Camp Cocoon, a bereavement camp for children, comes to a close, each child comes together to release a butterfly. The butterfly symbolizes something unique for each child. For some, it represents the beautiful memory of a loved one. For others, it represents their new found flight towards joy.

"Children are often dubbed as the invisible mourners. The first thing we aim to teach them is that they're not alone. Secondly, we help them understand that it's possible to carry grief and joy together," says Terry Thompkins, Vice President of the PruittCares Foundation.

Nearly 45% of grieving children report difficulty concentrating in school. One way to help, in addition to spending time with family, is through grief groups and counseling, according to the National Alliance for Grieving Children.

The camp has been going on for 12 years and more than 1,200 children have attended. It's part of the way PruittHealth, a Georgia-based company, helps others get well for life – through its foundation.

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