I have been working with multiple clients lately that are going through grief and loss issues. Grief and loss is challenging for people of all ages, but it is especially challenging (and confusing) for children. Death is a big concept and a majority of the time children don’t, and probably won’t, fully understand it.
Today’s post will talk about an intervention I use in conjunction with the book “The Invisible String” by Patrice Karst. Not only is this book helpful with kids dealing with the death of a loved one, but for children with incarcerated parents, parents in the military, parents that are out of the picture, siblings away at college, or children who are in the foster care system.
Here is what you will need for the intervention:
-Print out of my FREE Heart Handout
First, read the book “The Invisible String” to your client. The book discusses how there are invisible strings made of love connects from us to all of our loved ones. It talks about people (and animals!) are always together in our hearts even if they are logistically far away.
Following the book, I ask the client to think about all the important people in their life that they have an invisible string with. We then write down the names of all of the people the client has invisible strings with.
This intervention helps children feel connected to those around them, those who may be far away, and those who are no longer with us. This is definitely a book and intervention to keep in your therapy toolbox!
Until next time, Play on!