Dealing with grief during the holidays is always a tough issue. When it comes to grieving children, it can often be an overwhelming task for the adult to know how to help. Children, especially younger children, simply may not have the coping skills that age and maturity bring; to know how to express their emotions in a way that is healing and helpful.
One way that adults can guide the grief journey of a child is by encouraging them to participate in grief activities, such as the one we will show today. Here are a few reasons arts and crafts can help promote the healing process.
1. Arts and crafts provide safety for grieving children to communicate.
Children may fear what others, particularly their peers, think of them, their thoughts, and their feelings. Children commonly feel greater safety from judgment when expressing themselves in an artistic manner rather than verbally.
2. Arts and crafts help children express their thoughts on abstract ideas.
Children’s thoughts concerning abstract subjects, such as the afterlife or the distant future, may be difficult for them to explain verbally. Children can begin to concretely express their thoughts about abstract ideas, and how these thoughts apply to their grief, as they create their artwork.
3. Arts and crafts allow grieving children to release their emotions.
A lump of clay, a blank canvas, or a fresh sheet of drawing paper provides children an open, creative landscape. Arts and crafts allow grieving children to release their emotions and funnel them into the artwork that they create.
Now it’s time to talk about what you need for the memorial ornament craft. This grief activity can be done with all ages, even adults, and it’s super easy to prepare! You can even coordinate the colors of the ribbon with décor you have! Get creative and make the most out of this activity.
• Clear ornaments of any shape or size
• Multiple colors and types of ribbon
• Shiny Ribbon or glittery beads
• Paper or Masking tape for labeling emotions
Let’s Get Crafty!
Be sure to share with us how the grief craft goes once you’ve done it! We would love to hear how the craft came out and to see any pictures you take. Happy holidays!