Grief and loss are difficult issues to deal with at any age, but they can be especially powerful when experienced as a child. Between Sessions offers grief and loss therapy activities, including handouts about how to help children deal with symptoms of grief, worksheets to help work through questions about loss and other creative therapy activities. All of our resources, including our play therapies activities, are designed and developed by a professional team and available for download right now. We also offer resources for teens and adults dealing with grief.
Tips on Helping Kids With Grief
— This fact sheet from the National Association of School Psychologists gives parents basic tips about helping their children handle grief. Form Type: PDF
Recognizing the Symptoms of Child Abuse And Neglect
— This fact sheet was developed by the Child Welfare Gateway and should be given to anyone who works with children. It defines the various types of child abuse and neglect according to Federal guidelines, and can be helpful in detecting signs of abuse or neglect.
Thinking About Emotions Game
— This worksheet is designed to help people think and talk about their feelings. Players pitch a penny on the worksheet and then talk about the feeling where the penny lands. The game can be played in a small group or even by an individual. (emotional intelligence, depression, communication, social skills, 0317)
Understanding How Children Grieve
— This chart can help parents and educators understand the typical as well as the traumatic reactions that children may have to the death of a family member or friend. (1114)
Helping Children Cope With The Loss Of A Sibling
— This handout was prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It gives parents an overview of how to help children when they experience the death of a sibling. Type: PDF (914)
Learning to Relax When You Are Upset
— This worksheet is intended to help children who have difficulty expressing their feelings and are prone to experiencing stomachaches. headaches and other physical problems when they are upset. The worksheet teaches a simple breathing relaxation technique and also suggests other ways children can deal with difficult feelings. (depression, relaxation techniques, breathing, health anxiety, 0630)
Loving Kindness Meditation
— This worksheet is designed to teach people the technique of Loving Kindness Meditation. Research suggests that this simple meditation can have a long term effect on people’s happiness. (ACT, meditation, happiness, mindfulness, depression, 0616)
— This worksheet can be used for two purposes: to help people relax when anxious or stressed and to help people think about their feelings. PDF (1116, relaxation, insight)
Create a Mandala
— This simple art therapy exercise can help people get in touch with the feelings and can be used with clients to start a conversation about their self-image. Many therapists use this activity as part of a healing process. (art therapy, 0815)
What Happens When Someone Dies?
— This worksheet will help children talk about their concerns about what happens when someone dies. Keep in mind that talking about death is an ongoing discussion, and make sure they know that they can ask questions and talk about their feelings at any time.
How Did Your Loved One Die?
— This worksheet can be given to children to give them “permission” to ask questions about the death of a loved one. Form Type: PDF
Learn About Feelings
— Use this worksheet to help kids and teens talk about basic feelings.Form Type: PDF