These activities have been extracted from The Handbook for Volunteers and the Handbook for Supporters. Activities are available for download in order to share to share with families and community partners working in grief and bereavement.

The Calming Jars
Key Learning: To develop emotional literacy and promote self-regulation.
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Coping Toolbox
Key Learning: Promote self-awareness and healthy coping strategies.
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Grief Stack
Key Learning: To cultivate emotional literacy and facilitate sharing.
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Key Learning: Validate connection between children and youth and the person who is dying. Support opportunities for children and youth to give and receive care and comfort.
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Memory Box
Key Learning: To validate and support an ongoing connection with the person who is dying/ has died.
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Self-Care Spinner
Key Learning: To promote healthy coping strategies and encourage self-care.
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Worry Dolls
Key Learning: To identify and address worries. To promote self regulation.
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Grief in School Setting Tip Sheets

Going back to school can be an exciting yet anxious time for all students. If a child/teen has experienced the death of someone close to them over the summer, or anytime during the year, they may feel extremely nervous and reluctant about returning to class. Every child is different and grieves in their own way but there are a few things you can do to help.

Lighthouse Centre for Grieving ( children offers free printable tip sheets for educators, school support staff, parents and caregivers to share widely.

  • 20 Things Grieving Students Want Teachers to Know
  • Supporting a Grieving Child or Teen at School
  • Returning to School After a Death – How you Can Help
  • What to Expect for a Grieving Child
  • Supporting a Grandparent Death During a Pandemic
  • Helping Kids to Understand Death and Supporting Their Grief
  • In the Wake of a Tragedy

Click here to access Grief in School Setting Tip Sheets

What’s Your Worry

Key Learning: When a child is experiencing anxiety, whether due to a new situation, a change in a familiar routine, or more recently, worries about COVID-19, it can have an impact on their daily lives. These feelings can cause a change in sleep, eating as well as become overwhelming emotionally. This activity provides an opportunity for the child to share those anxieties and hopefully feel calmer. ‘What’s Your Worry’ can be used with a range of ages.

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All Mixed Up

Key Learning: from this therapeutic activity, inspired by the book, The Colour Monster (2012) by Anna Llenas include, developing emotional literacy skills, normalizing feelings, and promoting self-expression.

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