A Heart for Children’s Bereavement at Community Home Health & Hospice

Volunteer Spotlight – Peggy Johnson

LONGVIEW, Wash., Oct. 24, 2018 – Peggy Johnson happened upon Community Home Health & Hospice’s children’s bereavement program by accident more than 13 years ago. She was playing in a band that was invited to perform at Camp Cedars, the children’s bereavement program’s annual camp. The invitation turned into a standing request for several years and the impact on Johnson was life changing. When she returned to camp in the summer of 2006, she inquired about becoming a volunteer with the program. She took the training and started volunteering two months after camp.

This summer, Johnson was privileged to attend her 13th camp as a volunteer. Though she works and has had her own life challenges, she has not faltered in her commitment to the children’s bereavement program and camp. Johnson has been leading children’s group for the last three years. “I am grateful to Erin Orren and the wonderful team for the amazing chance to work with them throughout the year and to be a part of the camp experience,” said Johnson.

Community Home Health and Hospice offers free bereavement services to grieving families, not just those touched by hospice. They have support groups for children, teens, tweens, adults, and special groups for those who have been touched by suicide loss. The year-long children’s program ends each summer with camp. Camp Cedars helps children continue their grief work in a supportive, outdoor environment. Facilitated by trained staff and volunteers, camp activities include talking circles, art, games and storytelling. For more information on Community Home Health & Hospice bereavement programs contact: 360.703.0300 or griefsupport@chhh.org.

About Community Home Health & Hospice

Community Home Health & Hospice is an independent, community-based non-profit healthcare agency serving the healthcare needs of Washington and Oregon families since 1977. Their services include home care personal services, home health, home hospice, in-patient hospice care and bereavement services. Every day, they care for 600 patients throughout Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties in Washington and Columbia County in Oregon. Community Home Health & Hospice supports the healthcare and independent living goals of each patient and their loved ones by delivering the highest quality, compassionate and dignified care to individuals in their chosen place of residence. They have received recognition for nine years as a HomeCare Elite top agency.

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