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Children & Grief Resources

Unfortunately, children of all ages are exposed to death, whether a distant relative, immediate family member, friend or even a pet. Often, parents feel unprepared and overwhelmed when faced with talking to their children about death — particularly young children. Having knowledge of children’s understanding and reactions to loss can be a helpful when attempting to care for and support a grieving child. Early conversations about loss offer opportunities to teach about death as part of the life cycle, and to set a foundation for children’s understanding that all living things have a beginning and an end.

The following tools may be used as a guide to help you to begin talking with your children about death.

Resources

  • How are you Peeling? (Saxton Freymann & Joost Elffers, 1999). Children identify different emotions with the expressive “faces” of fruits and vegetables.
  • When Dinosaurs Die (Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown, 1996). A picture book that explains in simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of loved ones and ways to honor their memory.
  • When a Friend Dies (Marilyn E. Gootman, 2005). This user friendly book speaks simply and directly to anyone who has suffered the loss of a friend. It also addresses loss by violence.
  • Fire in My Heart, Ice In My Veins (Enid Samuel- Traisman, 2002). A journal for teenagers who have experienced a loss. This workbook offers opportunities to assist students through their grief or allow them to process feelings on their own.

Camps

These provide an opportunity for kids to express feelings, learn ways to cope, remember their special person who died, meet other kids who have also experienced loss and have fun.

Together We Can

A three day bereavement day camp for children ages 6-14 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Camp is expressive in nature and led by experienced facilitators in art, music, play and nature activities. Call Karen at 216.486.6042 for information and registration materials.

Bridges To Hope

A one day bereavement camp at Thousand Trails Campground in Ashtabula for children ages 6-14.

Riding Through Grief

Offered in collaboration with Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center and is for children ages 8-12 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Through riding and working with horses, campers explore grief issues supported by trained counselors.

Riding Through Grief Day Camp 2015

Click here to find our Grief Discussion Groups, a forum where you can share your stories, express your feelings and receive coping tips from others who are grieving and the professionals at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center.

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Resources

Complete List of Support Groups

We offer a variety of support groups for anyone who has had a loved one die.