Resource Awareness for Parents
Children's Grief Awareness Day was created to bring attention to the fact that support can often make all the difference in the life of a grieving child. Many people don’t realize that it takes most children much longer to deal with their grief than we expect. In addition, the amount of inner turmoil, invisible to most, is much more intense than we can imagine.
But once you are aware of this, what can you do ? Many times the parents are involved in processing their own grief, so they are incapable of assisting their children. A great place to start is with the National Alliance for Grieving Children. Their website has a special section, Find Support, that lists major resource centers by state.
Most people don't know that there are additional resources all around them to support their children, such as school counselors, hospices, churches, hospitals, and local grief centers. In the situation where the parent is not as affected as the child, such as the loss of a teacher or schoolmate, there are many excellent resources for free or purchase on the web.
Kids' Grief Relief was created to be one such resource. We support bereaved children throughout the world by supplying trained adults with programs to empower children as they move through grief. For parents or caregivers who aren't as affected as the child is by the loss, we have storybooks available with experiential exercises that incorporate the same six step process as our professional programs.
Here are the Six Support Steps used in each of our programs and storybooks:
Mystie, the mystical dragonfly, is our unique character who helps create a positive experience for children. When the characters of the storybooks share their personal experiences of grief with her, Mystie shares her wisdom and compassion, as she guides them through their grief. She also shares insights with the reader in the experiential exercises at the end of each story.
If you are interested in finding out more about our programs,
and how to further support bereaved children,
go to our website - kidsgriefrelief.org
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