A uniquely creative compilation of therapeutic games, art activities, and stories to help bereaved children express feelings of grief, learn basic concepts of death, diffuse traumatic reminders, address self-blame, commemorate the deceased, and learn coping strategies. Includes special activities for cancer, suicide, and homicide, and tips for caregivers and school personnel. For ages 7-12 in individual, group, and family therapy.
Includes reproducible worksheets, sample forms, Handouts and a Questionnaire
"This volume provides a wonderful treasure-chest of appealing and practical aids to assist mental health practitioners in counseling bereaved school-age children. Numerous exercises and games are included that will encourage children to express their complicated feelings about the death of a loved one. Handouts for parents and teachers as well as guidelines for practitioners serve as important resources to assist adults in their efforts to help bereaved children."
—- Nancy Boyd Webb, DSW, BCD, RPT-S
Distinguished Professor of Social Work, Fordham University
Author of Helping Bereaved Children, and Play Therapy with Children in Crisis
"I LOVE this book. It is so good I wish I had written it myself! It is a real contribution that will help so many!"
—- Rabbi Earl A Grollman
Author of Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child, and Bereaved Children and teens
"This is an excellent resource of activities that will help grieving and traumatized children first find relief at the implicit sensory level and thereafter move to cognitively reframe their experience in ways they can better manage. Activities are indeed creative and unique, touch on all themes, require minimal materials and are easy to use in any setting, formal or informal. The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) is recommending this resource to thousands of its Certified Trauma and Loss Specialists."
— William Steele, MSW, PsyD., Director, The National Institute for Trauma & Loss in Children
"Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children is a wonderful resource for educators, mental health professionals, parents, and all caring adults that work with and support grieving children. This book provides practical and age-appropriate activities to work with grieving children that allow them to release sensitive feelings and issues. Many interventions enhance discussion, interaction, and follow-up procedures to guide and encourage safe expression for young people. I highly recommend Liana Lowenstein’s excellent workbook to all those who care for and about the grieving child."
—Linda Goldman, MS, LCPC, FT (Fellow in Thanatology)
Adjunct Professor/ Johns Hopkins Graduate School and University of Maryland School of Social Work
Author of Children Also Grieve: Talking to Children about Death and Healing, Life and Loss: A Guide to Help Grieving Children, Breaking the Silence: A Guide to Help Children with Complicated Grief
About the Author:
Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S, is a Registered Clinical Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT Therapist who has been working with children and their families since 1988. She presents trainings across North America and abroad. Recent speaking engagements include South Africa, Israel, England, and Australia. She provides clinical supervision to mental health practitioners, runs a play-therapy internship program, and consults to several mental health agencies. She has authored numerous best-selling books including: Paper Dolls and Paper Airplanes: Therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized; Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce; Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children; Cory Helps Kids Cope with Sexual Abuse; and Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety. Liana is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution and dedication to child psychotherapy and play therapy in Canada.