CRH_annette walkerNewton, NC – This summer, Catawba Regional Hospice has planned a variety of classes and camps to help people of all ages learn to cope with the loss of a loved one.

For those who have lost a spouse, a Wednesday afternoon class brings widows and widowers together to share stories, learn coping skills, and talk about their experiences. The class will take place at CRH’s Catawba Valley Campus (3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658) in the Building 2 conference room. Sessions will take place Wednesdays from 1pm-2:30pm on August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. Please call 828.466.0466, x3211 to register.

Two grief camps – one for children and one for teens – will be held at Rising Hope Farms in Claremont, NC (3775 Bethany Church Road) during August. The sessions will include small discussion groups, craft-making, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities. The hope is to give kids and adolescents a chance to break away from their everyday lives to heal in a beautiful environment with others their age. Trained counselors will lead the activities, and lunch is provided.

The children’s day camp accommodates kids aged 6-12 and takes place on Thursday, August 4, from 9am-1pm. The teen day camp caters to ages 13-18 and takes place on Thursday, August 11, from 9am-1pm. To register for either free event, please call 828.466.0466, x3208.

CRH_chastity logan_smallIn the fall, additional sessions to promote healing from grief will begin. They include morning and evening classes that couple physical activity and discussion. To learn more about them, call 828.466.0466, x3208, or request a bereavement newsletter.

In October, Catawba Regional Hospice will also host a Service of Remembrance and Blessing to honor loved ones lost during the past year.

All bereavement services are available free of charge to the communities within CRH’s 10-county service area. You also don’t have to have had a loved one served by Catawba Regional Hospice to attend. If you need healing, you are welcome to join.

For more information about CRH’s entire slate of bereavement services, please call 828.466.0466 or visit

About the Organization:
Catawba Regional Hospice, founded in 1979 as one of NC’s original three hospices, is a community-based organization providing hospice medical care, patient and family support, and spiritual comfort throughout the multi-county Catawba region. From Lake James to Lake Hickory to Lake Norman, we serve patients and families regardless of diagnosis, age, gender, nationality, race, faith, sexual orientation, disability, or ability to pay. CRH is licensed by the state of North Carolina, certified by Medicare and Medicaid, and nationally accredited. For more information about our programs of service, call 828-466-0466 or visit

Photos: Annette Walker, Director of Support Services, and Chastity Logan, Bereavement Services Coordinator, lead CRH’s bereavement sessions and grief camps.