Growing as They Grieve
A special guide for providers supporting children who are grieving.
Loss can feel all-encompassing and, when it comes to supporting a grieving child, it can be difficult to know where to start. Use this guide to:
- gain a foundational understanding of what grief may look and feel like for children at different ages and stages,
- explore different activities to help children identify and express their big feelings, and
- discover ways to build empathy in every child.
Remember, you don’t have to have all of the answers, but your care and understanding can make a big difference in the life of a grieving child.
Growing as We Grieve
Parents and caregivers, reflect on your own experience of grief and hear what has helped other families cope, thrive, and find joy.
Supporting Grieving Native American Children and Families
Learn ways to support Native American children and families who are grieving with compassion and cultural humility.
In this story, Elmo’s cousin Jesse helps remind children that big changes can mean new opportunities to learn and grow.
Jesse Expresses Grief Through Play
A video to show how children can express their feelings of grief through play — and how grown-ups can help.
Re-grieving as Seasons Change
A video that shows how grief can come and go throughout life.
Elmo and Jesse Remember Uncle Jack
A video to show that there are many ways to remember—and celebrate—a person who died.