Feelings Puppets help children represent a variety of emotions related to grief and typically include a note for the loved one. The note can be a message of words left unspoken or a simple “I miss you.”
The “body scan” project helps participants understand how grief emotions can be experienced as a physical sensation in the body.
Wooden sculptures are used to depict the grief journey. Growth and sharp pieces combined in this grief tree suggest the difficult yet beautiful healing process after a loved one has died.
Grief weaving integrates the intellectual (writing a letter to the deceased) with the emotional (creating a watercolor of feelings). The two are woven together to create a final mosaic-like piece. The act of weaving can be a soothing process.
Grief masks allow children and teens to express their emotions through the cathartic medium of clay. Participants may choose realistic or abstract ways to paint their masks, and often share that this is their favorite project.