KSU professor has ties to new HBO documentary

KENNESAW, Ga. (April 11, 2014) — Kennesaw State University professor Irene McClatchey served…

Georgia (Apr 11, 2014)KENNESAW, Ga. (April 11, 2014) — Kennesaw State University professor Irene McClatchey served as an expert on a panel at the private screening of “One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp,” set to premiere on HBO on April 14 at 8 p.m.

“One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp” features The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin® program, the nation’s largest network of childhood bereavement camps, including a location in Atlanta, offered in partnership with McClatchey’s Camp MAGIK.

“As a society, we tend to overlook how children are affected by grief,” said McClatchey, founder of Camp MAGIK and assistant professor at Kennesaw State University. “There’s a tremendous need out there for the kind of support Camp MAGIK and Camp Erin provide, and we encourage people to watch this powerful, inspiring film. It truly captures the effect that sharing, friendship and emotional support can have on children dealing with extraordinary loss.”

One in seven children in the United States will experience the death of a loved one before age 20, but few are prepared to deal with the grief that follows. At Camp MAGIK and Camp Erin - Atlanta, children learn that they are not alone in their grief. The fun, familiar environment of camp is combined with planned activities that give children a chance to honor their loved ones, express their feelings and make lasting friendships with their peers facing a similar life circumstance. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, Camp MAGIK and Camp Erin help children learn to cope and to heal.

Camp MAGIK has served more than 2,300 children since 1995, and Camp Erin - Atlanta has served more than 250 children since 2009.

Camp Erin was created and is supported by The Moyer Foundation, founded by World Series Champion pitcher and Philadelphia Phillies baseball analyst, Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen. With 43 locations nationwide, including camps in every Major League Baseball city, Camp Erin serves over 2,500 children annually.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu