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When a loved one dies, children experience overwhelming, confusing feelings. A journal can help children understand and express their emotions.

  1. Print out seven feelings journal pages (for one week) and put them in a folder, or clip them together.
  1. Help kids complete a page every day. They may need help thinking of what to draw or write. You might ask, for instance, “What was a fun thing you did today?”; “Was there anything today that reminded you of your mom?” or, “When you felt sad today, where did you feel it in your body?”
  1. At the end of the week, look through the journal together and talk about the different emotions that children felt. End with a big hug and reassurance that hearts take time to heal.