Please visit our Helping Children with Loss page for free downloadable PDF games and activities as well.
As a mom and social worker, I have a heart for vulnerable populations, especially grieving children. Children have a tough time expressing their feelings around grief (I mean, can you blame them? Adults have a rough time, too!) This concern led to the publishing of my first children’s book on grief and loss called Hurt: Equipping Children for Loss.
Here are some resources to get the conversation started about grief, how you can help, and what friends and family can do.
Want to help a grieving family, but don’t know how? This is a super simple, yet therapeutic gift activity to use with families and groups who want to process and share their feelings around the loss of a loved one. This is not a care package – it’s designed to help groups process the pain
and confusion surrounding grief and loss. The “pirate-themed game” includes multi-colored plastic “jewels” and an instruction scroll with prompts. As a grief therapist, I personally use this activity with clients and families as an intervention- so I decided to make multiple as an affordable resource for others! Families and counselors who want to help children communicate about loss and major transitions can use this as a tool for processing. This also works well as a gift when you want to support, but don’t quite know how!
Can customize instructions based on loss type: Pet Loss, Family Estrangement, Health Issues, Divorce, Death of a Loved One, Deployment. $10 +shipping.
I recommend this book written by the founders of the Grief Recovery Institute where I was trained. Available for purchase on Amazon. If you’re interested in working through this book together, I can provide a course called, “Helping Children With Loss” which is an additional program I was trained in at the Grief Recovery Institute. I highly recommend teachers, social workers, guardians and caregivers go through this program. Please contact me for details.
Here is an arts and crafts activity for grievers to process a loss in a beautiful and creative way. Free PDF download. You’ll need art supplies to include a printer, scissors, glue, and colored pencils.