Children’s Grief Toolkit

As part of the partnership, the NACG has provided a resource toolkit for professionals and families.

The toolkit includes:

  • Memorials & Rituals
    Grief is an intricate collection of emotions that can weave through the fabric of our lives. While grief is often associated with adulthood, it is important to acknowledge the presence of grief within the hearts of children. End of life memorials and rituals can be difficult for a child to fully understand or participate in, but there are ways to aid them through this process. Download Children and End of Life Memorials/Rituals for more.
  • Creating Space
    Attending a funeral can be a profoundly challenging and emotionally charged experience for people of all ages. However, when it comes to children, the weight of grief and the unfamiliarity of funeral homes can make the process even more overwhelming. Therefore, it is crucial to create a safe and supportive environment for children within funeral homes. Download Creating Space for Children in a Funeral Home for more.
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Tips for Talking About Grief

When talking to children about a death, it is important to ask them about their experiences and feelings. In the video, childhood bereavement expert Ryan Loiselle, LISW-S, shares his thoughts on the importance of honesty. He encourages us to ask the child to share instead of making assumptions about their grief.

Ways for Children to Participate in End-of-Life Memorials and Rituals

When talking to children about the death of someone in their life, it is crucial to be honest with them. Childhood bereavement expert, Pamela Gabbay of the Compassionate Friends, provides insight on the importance honesty and why it matters when having these conversations with children.

NACG Find Support Map Directory

Enter your zip code in the NACG Find Support Map Directory to access support service providers in your community who serve children, teens, and their families who are grieving.

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