25 Things to Do When Grandpa Passes Away, Mom and Dad Get Divorced, or the Dog Dies: Activities to Help Children Suffering Loss or Change


Your child has suffered a loss and you feel helpless. But something can be done to soothe heart and mind and body.
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Your child has suffered a loss and you feel helpless. But something can be done to soothe heart and mind and body.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884734533
  • Publisher: Parenting Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 619,428
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: How to Help Grieving Children 6
Part 1 What You Need to Know About Grief 7
Basic (and Important) Information About Grief 8
How Grieving Children Feel 9
How Grieving Children Behave 13
How to Help Grieving Children 15
Talking About Death and Divorce 17
Talking About Pets 20
Talking About Feelings 21
Social Rituals 24
As Time Passes 26
When to Get More Help 27
Tips for Using the Activities 31
Keeping Children Safe 32
Activity Symbols 35
Part 2 Five Essential Ways to Help Grieving Children 37
Person to Person Connections 38
Before You Begin 38
1. Hand Massage 40
2. Playing Beauty Shop or Barber Shop 43
3. Breathing and Visualization 46
4. Play Acting 49
5. Building Trust in the Future 53
Soothing Repetitive Activities 56
Before You Begin 56
6. Rocking Chair Connection 58
7. Sand and Water Play 59
8. Round and Round with Marbles 61
9. Ball Play 64
10. Let's Take a Walk 66
Ceremonies, Keepsakes, and Memorials 69
Before You Begin 69
11. Ceremonies 71
12. Balloons Afloat 75
13. Keepsakes 78
14. Painted Rock Memorial 83
15. Memory Book 85
Large Muscle Activities 88
Before You Begin 88
16. Stomping Feet 90
17. Gardening 93
18. Newspaper Crush and Crumble 97
19. Throwing Balls 99
20. Rock Pile Memorials 102
Small Muscle Activities 105
Before You Begin 105
21. Drawing Your Grief 107
22. Touch of Play Dough 109
23. Feeling Faces 111
24. Doodling 117
25. Time Ball: Memories on a String 119
Words of Encouragement 122
Acknowledgments 124
Index 125
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