The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them.
KidsGrief.ca is a free online resource that helps parents support their children when someone in their life is dying or has died. It equips parents with the words and confidence needed to help children grieve life’s losses in healthy ways.
This grief support resource section includes a collection of “Grief Pages” – downloadable PDF grief support resources with information created for all types of grievers, including children, teens and adults.
Grief does not stop at the school doors, and you can help children and teens cope with grief, death and loss with this fifty page culturally sensitive grief workbook. The grief activities and exercises explore concepts of grief, as well as a student’s belief system, thoughts, feelings, memories, and self-care. Although grief is universal, all grief responses are unique to individuals. This grief resource can be reflective of that as it can be a “make your own” workbook by choosing desired pages, or reprinting activities as needed since thoughts and emotions change. This resource also includes access to a digital versionof the workbook for use with Google Slides™ and Google Classroom.
This grief workbook encourages student reflection, and provides multiple opportunities for discussion to explore student perspective on their unique grief experiences. It’s an easy-to-use format for individual grief counseling or grief groups. Young elementary children through teenagers will find this workbook helpful, with adult support as needed. Helping kids and teens cope with grief and loss will benefit them for a lifetime! This resource includes both color and black/white versions as well as a digital version for your convenience.
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While the instinct is to overprotect, our children are natural mourners. They need a “significant adult” who brings sensitivity, honesty, a sense of inclusion and compassion, and allows children to be their own experts. We can’t take away or “fix” our children’s pain, anger, or fear; but we can support them through their grief process.
This curriculum is presented as a work manual for the counselor facilitating adolescent grief groups in a school setting. It is a compilation of activities and handouts that are meant to be used, copied, added to or discarded according to the preferences of the user.
Most simply it is a sample eight-week teen grief group with suggestions for organization of each group meeting. There are introductory sections on setting up and running a group followed by the eight-week curriculum completed by the appendices of activities and handouts.
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A wide-ranging review of the literature on the implications of bereavement for young people's lives. Many young people have experienced the death of someone close to them – but do we understand the implications of bereavement for young people’s lives? In this study, the authors argue that bereavement is in fact a general – if difficult – part of growing up, and should be recognized as such. For some young people, a major loss may be a source of very significant disruption to their lives.
The concept of death from a child’s perspective is very different from an adult’s understanding of death. Furthermore, as the child grows and matures, his/her earlier ways of thinking about death will change. It is essential for the adult to have a sense of how children conceptualize death at different ages so that when the time comes to talk about death, whether of a pet or a loved one, the adult can respond in a manner appropriate to the child’s developmental age.
It seems both an obvious and unassailable fact that children will suffer, sometimes acutely, from the loss of important figures in their lives; yet it wasn't long ago that such profound sorrow wasn't widely acknowledged. It wasn't until Freud—not Sigmund, but his daughter Anna—shed light on childhood grief that the subject captured the attention and validation of researchers.