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Camp Nabe Offers West Virginia Kids A Place To Grieve

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Coping with loss can be difficult at any age, but one camp in West Virginia is giving young survivors a place to heal.

Camp Nabe, a bereavement camp designed for children between 7 and 17 years of age, offers any child in West Virginia a place to grieve after losing a loved one -- and it's completely free.

Sponsored by Hospice Care Corporation, the camp offers a variety of activities over three days. At the end of their stay, the campers come together to release live butterflies into the air.

Chris Garbart, Camp Nabe's project coordinator, explained the symbolism to WBOY:

"Nabe stands for butterfly. It is Korean, but they're like butterflies and we do release the live butterfly. But it's a symbol. The kids come to us all shy and timid and by the time they leave on Sunday, they're ready to fly like the butterflies fly. They're ready to go for the rest of their life."

Devin Brown, a young camper, told WDTV that, after he lost his dad five years ago, he didn't think others could understand. But at Camp Nabe, he soon picked up a whole new support system.

"When you lose somebody, you think that you're on your own, but you're not, you got many people to help you," said Devin.

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