Making time to commemorate those in our lives who have died continues their legacy. Commemoration doesn’t have to cost anything or be done in a public way. Ever heard of an Acrostic Poem? It’s a poem where the first letter of each line spells a name or phrase. Let’s commemorate our loved ones making an acrostic poem using the letters of their name? Shelly Bathe Lenn, The Garden's Program Director will go first by remembering her dad, Ewald, who died in 1994.
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Does your family like to read? If so, consider starting a family book club! Choose a book from a list Eluna has compiled for those remembering a parent figure. Maybe your family wants to check out "The Day My Dad Turned Invisible" by Sean R. Simmons or for kids in high school, check out "37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order)" by Kekla Magoon. After the book is chosen, everyone reads a book or a chapter of a book on their own. Or make time to read a book or chapter aloud, all together. Then follow up with a discussion. Questions could include: What happened? What would you have done in the situation? What do you think is going to happen next?
At a loss on how to help your grieving child or teen? The Dougy Center offers a wide range of resources, activities, and articles to help navigate the array of feelings and loss the child/teen may be feeling.RESOURCES FOR A CAREGIVER HELPING A GRIEVING CHILD OR TEEN