Every one of the nearly 60 children at Camp Chmepa (je-me-pah) has a similar story. Some lost a parent to cancer. One little boy's mom died in a car crash. Another boy's brother killed himself. Some watched family members die of alcoholism and drug abuse. The details of their stories may differ, but each of the campers - who gathered at the Hospice of Spokane-sponsored camp on Lake Coeur d'Alene last weekend - share this in common: They have all been touched by the death of a parent, grandparent, sibling or someone close to them. And they are all learning how to deal with that loss.
Tags: camp, Children, Coeur d'Alene, Death, lake, loss, summer, summer camps 2009