A box full of mementos can help comfort kids as they remember a loved one.
- Watch the video together, then create your own memory box just like Jesse’s. Help children find special things that remind them of their loved one who died, such as photos, drawings, items of clothing, or books the person used to read to them. Put these things into a box (it can be as simple as an empty cardboard box).
- Decorate the box with stickers, crayons, markers, or pictures. Whenever they like, kids can look at the items in the box to remember times they shared with their loved one, and special things about the person that they always want to keep in their heart. Together, find a safe place to keep the box.
Elmo and Jesse Remember Uncle Jack
A video to show that there are many ways to remember—and celebrate—a person who died.
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.
How Children Grieve and How to Help
Consider the different ways children experience grief as they grow, and how you might help.
Learn about disenfranchised grief.
Express Yourself with Elmo and Jesse
Help a child check in with and express their feelings with these interactive creative activities.