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Hospice, respite and grief relief help available

Hospice Advantage is located at 1309 South Linden Road in the complex of medical office buildings just north of Court Street.

Hospice Advantage is located at 1309 South Linden Road in the complex of medical office buildings just north of Court Street.

FLINT TWP. — Camp Good Grief, a free day camp for grieving children ages 5 to 17, is looking for a host site in Flint Township next year, said Paul Ikonen, camp director and volunteer coordinator for Hospice Advantage which sponsors the event in partnership with the Hospice Angels Foundation.

Ikonen was among about 25 business representatives who braved a thunderstorm warning last Tuesday to attend the second annual Experience Flint Township Business Expo at Davenport University.

Ikonen handed out literature and talked about hospice, respite and grief services offered by Hospice Advantage, located at 1309 South Linden Road, Ste. B, just north of Court Street.

Ikonen is scouting for a large, grassy area to hold next year’s Camp Good Grief, he said. This year the event will be held on Sept. 27 at the Kulick Community Center in Ferndale. Applications are now being accepted and can be downloaded online from www.hospiceangels.org/camp-good-grief. Or for more details contact Ikonen at 248-440-1301.

Founded in 2004, Camp Good Grief aims to help children struggling with difficult emotions after the death of a loved one. The camp is led by a team of grief and loss professionals trained to work with children of ages. Camp activities encourage the children to express their emotions and also meet other children their age who are dealing with similar issues.

In other services, Hospice Advantage has a team of volunteers who go all over the place to help terminally ill patients, Ikonen said.

“It’s for patients who have either reached a stage in their diagnosis where there are no more measures to be taken or they just want a peaceful death,’’ Ikonen said. “We come in and take care of all their pain and symptoms.”

Hospice Advantage, with locations in 12 states including Michigan, estimated 1,200 volunteers gave more than 51,000 hours of support to patients and their families in the past year, according to information Ikonen provided. Hospice Advantage served 8,584 patients and provided $583,802.91 in uncompensated care.

For more information about hospice services, visit their website at www.HospiceAdvantage.com or call 810-732- 9975.

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