When someone significant dies, it can be important to support a child or young person to grieve by helping them to keep hold of their memories, and giving them the confidence that they won’t forget about their special person.
These resource sheets provide lots of ideas for memory activities. You could support the young person in creating a memory box, and try our memory bricks activity too. We also have our ‘Things I remember’ and ‘Things I loved’ sheets which you could talk about with a child / young person.
Whether facing difficult feelings and emotions such as anger, or challenges such as bedtime and exams, there are times when some simple strategies can help bereaved children and young people.
Create a First Aid Kit using the activity sheet, encouraging a young person to write or draw four things that helps them to look after themselves or have fun when they are worried or upset. For young people with exams coming up, help them to prepare with information and tips aimed at bereaved young people through our #ExamReady pack.
Younger children will experience a range of different feelings following a death, which is sometimes confusing for them. We’ve put together activity sheets for some of our favourite activities that you can use with younger bereaved children to explore and manage their feelings:
- ‘I feel angry!’ – help your child to create a sensory bottle, which they can use to help feel calm
- ‘I feel scared’ – create a safe space with blankets and pillows
- ‘I feel worried’ – a worry eater can help children to manage their worries
- ‘I feel different’ – make biscuit faces and talk over different feelings with your child