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A Colorful Journey: An Artistic Expression of Grief

September 20, 2018

During our September groups at Tu Nidito, we asked children and young adults to reflect on some very important questions: What is it like to have a serious illness? What is it like to be the brother or sister of someone who has a serious illness? What is it like to have a parent with […]...

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Tips for Supporting a Griever

July 25, 2018

A difficult element of the grieving process is being around people who say or do things that negatively impact the emotional well-being of a grieving person, even despite best intentions. It can be difficult for friends and loved ones to find the right words to show their support. Here are some suggested ways to show […]...

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Easing Worries through Stretches

June 20, 2018

Worrying can take a physical toll on our bodies. At Tu Nidito we find that talking about our worries is helpful but we have also discovered the benefits of stretching exercises to release worries. We frequently use the Turtle and Butterfly stretches with our Tu Nidito “littles” (ages 3 1/2 – 7), but they are […]...

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Questions in a Can

May 23, 2018

  “What happens if my special person dies?” “Is my special person’s serious illness contagious?”  “Where does someone go when they die?”  “Was (name of special person) in pain when they died?” When someone special in our life is diagnosed with a serious illness, it is normal to have questions about their treatment and progn...

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Book Recommendations for a Grieving Child

February 12, 2018

Here at Tu Nidito, parents, teachers, and community members frequently ask us what they can do to help support a grieving child. Our staff has found that books are a great way to promote conversation and help normalize children’s feelings. Below is a list of books that Tu Nidito staff have found most conducive in […]...

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Grief Strategies for the New Year

January 11, 2018

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” –Hal Borland, American Author and Journalist For many, the New Year marks an opportunity for a fresh start, often centering on goals for the coming year. But, as the staff and families […]...

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Support During End-of-Life

December 6, 2017

When dealing with serious illness, children and families experience many emotions and changes to their lives. Tu Nidito program staff is there every step of the way: diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and throughout their recovery and healing process. It brings us great joy to “close” a family member out of programs because they are healthy and [...

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Working Through Worries

September 15, 2017

Worry. It’s an emotion that affects all of us – everything from day-to-day “small” worries to “bigger” life-changing events. Feeling worried is a normal part of life. When life is disrupted by serious illness or death, it can be difficult to manage the feelings that trigger us to worry. Children are more likely to worry […]...

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Exploring Hope

June 14, 2017

It is normal to feel very sad after someone special dies. Even when we feel sad, we can also feel hopeful that things will feel better as time goes on. The following activity explores how feelings of hope for the future can be interwoven throughout the grieving process through creation of a butterfly. Many people look at butterflies […]...

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Supporting Children When Tragedy Strikes

June 1, 2017

When tragedy strikes a community, we all feel it. We mourn as a community as we try to understand and find possible answers. We instinctively want to protect ourselves, our children, our loved ones. Tu Nidito Children and Family Services is here to support our community’s children and families through the grieving process. Parents or […]...

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