Grief is hard. These resources will help you understand what you and your children are feeling. There are conversations and activities that can help.
There are a wealth of websites and organizations that provide free information and resources about coping with grief, understanding grief in children and adolescents, and how to support grieving families. There are also reading lists featuring books for different ages that explore grief and loss, links to free family activity kits and videos, and links to online platforms where families and teens can connect with others with similar losses. Also, if you are a friend of a family or child who is grieving, we link to some good articles below that discuss support strategies.
Looking for local resources?
Click here to find community resources across Kentucky for many kinds of loss
Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families
Online Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families Program: Looking for parents/caregivers of children 6-17 years whose parent has died to receive the online program for free as part of a program evaluation.
This program provides tool to help parents/caregivers:
Take care of themselves
Build strong family bonds
Improve communication so their children will share more
Help children cope with their grief
National Organizations Supporting Grieving Youth and Families:
Resources For Teachers, Student Support Staff, and School Administrators:
Toolkits and FAQ Resources for Parents/Caregivers/Adults:
Preschool-Aged Children's Grief Resources and Activities:
General Grief Support and Coping Resources:
Learning About Grief (also offers online groups for adults)
Mindful Connections Virtual Community Circles, online groups for teens and college age students
Helping Children and Youth Cope After Natural Disasters:
Children and Funerals and Memorial Services:
Preparing Children for Funerals: https://www.highmarkcaringplace.com/cp2/grief/brochures.shtml
Resources for Grieving Parents/Caregivers:
How to Support Others Who Are Grieving:
Grief and the Holidays:
Recursos de apoyo para el duelo en español:
Supporting children and adolescents when a family member has an advanced serious illness, The Dougy Center
Supporting children and adolescents after a suicide death, The Dougy Center
Supporting grieving preschool children, The Dougy Center
Tips for supporting bereaved children, The Dougy Center
Tips for supporting a grieving teen, The Dougy Center
Tips for supporting teens after the death of a close friend, The Dougy Center
Responding to Change and Loss, National Alliance for Grieving Children Activity Booklet