Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children


Liana Lowenstein

Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children

A uniquely creative compilation of activities to help bereaved children express feelings of grief, diffuse traumatic reminders, address self-blame, commemorate the deceased, and learn coping strategies. Includes special activities for children dealing with the suicide or murder of a loved one. It covers a theoretical overview for practitioners, tips for caregivers and schools, and a ten-week curriculum for use in therapy or support groups. An invaluable resource for grief counselors, group facilitators, and school personnel.


"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

Includes reproducible worksheets, sample forms, Handouts and a Questionnaire
2006, 205 Pages, Paperback
ISBN 978-0-9685199-2-9

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