Giving Hearts Time to Heal
Remind kids that grieving and healing both take time.
- Together, watch this video and talk about how Elmo and Jesse have lots of big feelings about Uncle Jack’s death. Explain that it will take time for their hearts to heal, and that talking about feelings and sharing happy memories of Uncle Jack help Elmo, Jesse, and their family get through this tough time.
- Together, use construction paper, family photos, and pictures from magazines to make a memory collage. You can write a short dedication to the memory of the person who died. Decorate it with pictures of his or her favorite things, or with things that remind you of special times spent together.
- Display the collage to remind children that the person who died will always be part of their family. You can suggest that children blow a kiss each time they walk past it, or look at it whenever they want, knowing that their loved one is still in their hearts and minds.
When Kids Need Special-Special Comfort
In the midst of big changes, comfort items such as small stuffed animals and blankets can provide a sense of continuity in a child’s life.
For children and adults, it’s important to celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have died.
Grief and Change Caused by COVID-19
It’s okay to have feelings of grief when we experience changes big and small.
Helping Children Through Grief Related To COVID-19
There are ways to help families talk about death, express their feelings, and grieve together.
Open Ended Art
Doing open-ended art activities together helps adults and children relax and connect.
Showing and Sharing Feelings
Naming a big feeling can help children begin to understand it, and later regulate it.
Coloring to Calm Down
Coloring can help both children and grown-ups feel more calm and grounded.