When it might feel like most of the world has moved on, millions of children and teens grieving a death from COVID-19 continue to need support.
With funding from the Brave of Heart Fund, Dougy Center created a new activity book for children and a new journal for teens, especially for youth grieving a COVID death. Both titles are available in English and Spanish and are free to download here. Copies will also be available for purchase in January from Dougy Center's Bookstore.
Dougy Center is grateful to the youth at Dougy Center for their guidance and insight in creating these resources.
The books are part of Dougy Center's efforts to create resources for children, teens, parents/caregivers, and helping professionals who are navigating the unique challenges of grief as a result of the pandemic. Dougy Center's COVID-19 Toolkit also includes tip sheets, additional activities, Grief Out Loud podcast episodes, and more.
Grief can leave us feeling lost and without a map. Coordinates is a creative journal for teens to find their way through the death of a family member or friend.
Created for children who are grieving the death of someone from COVID-19, Remembering Together is an activity book to help children preserve memories of their person who died and express the range of thoughts and feelings that come with grief.
These resources were funded by the Brave of Heart Fund, founded by the Foundations of New York Life and Cigna and administered by E4E Relief. The Brave of Heart Fund was established in 2020 to provide charitable grants and emotional support services to families of the frontline healthcare workers, volunteers, and support staff whose lives were lost in the fight against COVID-19. It continues to offer support to these bereaved families via partnerships with non-profit organizations aligned with the fund’s core purposes.