Grief Support Resources for Grieving Families
This page is intended to provide resources to support grieving children and families. In addition to our typical resources, Joel's Place for Children has created a tip sheet for caregivers of grieving children and teens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Access it here:
Expressive Arts Activities from Joel's Place:
Consider these activities if you can't attend Joel's Place in person. Below, we share some of our favorite expressive arts activities for your child or family to communicate on current feelings and remember those special to you who have died. We hope you enjoy an insightful experience; if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Additional Grief Support Resources:
Thankfully, to serve the countless grieving children and families across the world, there are numerous organizations like ours who are committed to serving grieving children and families! We are a community of bereavement professionals and volunteers who come together to share resources and strengthen our programming and support as a grief support community. Please see below for other organizations we respect and recommend as a resources for you and your family.
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. Visit their website for numerous resources, including COVID-19-focused materials.
The Dougy Center
The Dougy Center, based in Portland Oregon, is the founding children's peer grief support group model. At Joel's Place, we have trained directly with leaders from the Dougy Center to strengthen the support we provide. You can access numerous resources on their website. The link below provides pandemic-related grief support best practices:
Supporting Children & Teens When Someone Is Dying - This is a tip sheet of how to support children and teens before, during, and after someone they care about dies in a hospital or care facility. Given the current COVID-19 global health crisis, they've included suggestions for what children, teens, and families can do when they aren’t able to visit or see the person who is dying.