Grief Support in a Classroom


This morning I worked with an elementary class that is coping with the recent loss of a peer

We started the session off with a choice of a Beanie Baby as a comfort item. The class was filled with laughter and tiny voices as they shared their Beanie Baby names and “ their ancient birthdates, 1996”. 

I then did some illness education on what caused their friend to become sick and die. There were lots of questions, and misconceptions were clarified.

The students then began to describe their friend and shared some wonderful memories. We wrote them down on the smart board. Some of the ones that stood out were “determined, courageous, kind, hilarious, and great friend.” 

We talked about grief and what that was. Kids raised their hands when they identified with some of those big emotions. This helped them to feel validated and normalized that they weren’t the only ones experiencing it.
I then facilitated a painting memory-making rock activity. The kids came up with such creative ways to honor their friend.

Their classmate was a treasure collector. He had rocks, seashells, and character figurines. His wonderful family allowed his classmates to choose some of these items as a keepsake. This part of the session made my heart just melt. They carefully found the items that they wanted and shared them with each other.

We wrapped up our session by coming up with coping ideas for their grief. We added them to the smart board. I also provided the class with a Worry Deposit Box.

I appreciate the love and support that this school provides to its students and families. They knew how important it was to address their grief and find a supportive space to express it.

Additional Resources

Grief and Loss: A Guide for Caregivers 

Helping My Preschooler Cope with Grief and Loss

Play Therapy Workshop in Sacramento, CA

Join us for an in-person play therapy workshop on April 2, 2022, at Rancho Cordova City Hall from 9 am – 4:30 pm

The Workshop

This intermediate-level play therapy workshop explores play therapy through the lens of Attachment and Polyvagal TheoryParticipants will receive an overview of the essential knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective play therapy, prescriptively applying these theories to treatment goals, and selection of play therapy interventionsResearch on trauma and attachment will be presented to provide the clinical rationale necessary to understand the impacts of childhood trauma from a Polyvagal / Neurobiological perspective.

Who can Join

We welcome students, play therapists, counselors, child life specialists, educators, occupational therapists, caregivers and anyone working with children and families. This will be a great learning opportunity.

The Presenter

Shelli Rose holds both the LMFT and LPCC licenses in CA and the LMFT and LPC licenses in CO. She has also been credentialed as an RPT-S since 2018Shelli has a private practice, providing clinical services primarily to children and families, with a specialty in adoption competency, attachment, and developmental trauma. She provides services both in person and through virtual / telehealth platforms. 

PDUs/CEUs

Earn a total of 6 units for professional development.

How to Register

The cost is $119 and you can register here.

Spotlight and Giveaway on Wonderfully Made Kids Co.

We all know that children learn better through a hands-on approach. Child life specialists, teachers, and parents can now incorporate fun educational activities through Wonderfully Made Kids Co.
I have been incorporating their current teaching kits on the heart and food allergies with my own children and clients that I work with. The kids are able to deepen their learning experience, clear up misconceptions, and strengthen healthy coping skills.
Guest Blogger, Andria Robinette and Erin Robinette Founders of Wonderfully made Kids Co.
What we Do:
We create FUN, hands-on curriculum for kids (and their families) to learn about their Wonderfully Made Bodies. With age-appropriate content, cute graphics, hands-on STEM activities, and more, our kits are a resource to help your family create a family culture that values health and wellness.
Our Beliefs:

We believe

  • in celebrating and taking care of our wonderfully made bodies
  • things are easier when we do them together, as a family
  • when we appreciate our bodies, good decisions and healthy lifestyle choices will follow

Where to Purchase:

We currently have two kits available but are working at adding more.

The Heart Education Kit includes information that is kid-friendly content, 3 hands-on activities, a huge anatomical heart poster, stickers, and more.

The Big 9 Food Allergy Kit will teach about the 9 Major Allergens, symptoms of an allergic reaction, tips on how to stay safe, how to read food labels, the importance of having a medical emergency plan, and more.

Included in the kit: a family-friendly booklet with activities, a medical alert bracelet, an Epinephrine Auto-Injector TRAINER, “King 9” Playing Cards, “Felt Fun,” and “Super SPY Allergen game”.

About Us:

Founded in Houston, Texas in January 2021, Wonderfully Made Kids Co. was created by sister-in-law’s Andria & Erin.
Erin, as a nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic in Nashville, was disheartened by the current climate in which healthcare was so negatively associated with sickness and sadness. Andria, as a curriculum writer and stay-at-home-mom to three little girls, struggled to find age-appropriate content around health and wellness that was fun and engaging for the whole family.
Together, as a family, they created a curriculum to inspire an appreciation for their wonderfully made bodies.
Oh, and once Zach saw how awesome his wife and sister’s company was… he had to join in. And then the team was complete.

To learn more, check out WonderfullyMadeKidsCo.com and follow on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

We will be giving away 1 heart and 1 food allergy educational kit to 2 lucky winners.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.
  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends. Leave a heart or food emoji to let us know which kit you want.
  3. Facebook: Follow Wonderfully Made Kids Co. and leave a comment.
  4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @WonderfullyMadeKidsCo tag two friends and leave a heart or food emoji to let us know which kit you want.
  5. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 11/1/21. Open to U.S. residents.

Discount Code: Use the childlifemommy_20 to get a 20% discount until 11/10/21

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