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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Is this Normal?

September 15, 2016

Tu Nidito receives hundreds of referrals each year. Parents, caregivers and community members call, not only to ask questions about services, but to share what their children are going through. One of the most common questions asked is “Is this normal?” Parents want to be reassured that what their child is going through is a […]...

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Tu Nidito Talking Sticks

August 24, 2016

The talking stick is an important part of Tu Nidito. It is a tool used in our support groups to help create a safe space to share thoughts, feelings and manage group participation. It allows everyone the opportunity to share their feelings and experiences, as well as listen to everyone else, without interruption.  Whenever we […]...

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Teen Grief Challenges

July 13, 2016

Grieving the death of someone special is hard at any age. For teens, it can be especially challenging. During a time when all they want is to fit in, teens become “different.” Here are six common challenges that teens face when grieving the death of someone special. Teen Grief Challenges: Being a teen is about […]...

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Skittles – Serious Illness Support Activity

June 22, 2016

Here is a great activity to support children who are dealing with a serious illness, ages eight and up. With a slight adjustment of the questions, the activity can also be used to support siblings of kids with a serious illness diagnosis as well as an entire group. Supplies Needed: Bowl Spoon One bag of […]...

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Support for Siblings

May 25, 2016

When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, it changes the entire family. A diagnosis can often mean long hospital stays for the ill child, which results in parents having to split their time between the hospital, home, work and other children. The ill child becomes the main focus of the family’s time and […]...

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Family Memory Activities

May 11, 2016

This time of year we often celebrate family holidays. Between Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, wedding season and graduations, there are several occasions that everyone comes together to celebrate life. While these occasions are joyous, they can often bring pain as someone you love might not be alive to celebrate. Instead of ignoring these times, tr...

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The Reality of Sudden Deaths

April 27, 2016

The term ‘sudden’ death often refers to death that could have been prevented such as homicide, suicide or accidental. These deaths usually carry a stigma and are often confusing and cause anger for people that are affected by them. They defy reason and leave the mourner with a multitude of questions. “Why me?” is a […]...

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Funerals – To bring a child or not

March 9, 2016

When a loved one dies in a child’s life, parents and caregivers often question whether or not kids should attend the funeral. There are many different variables that go into the equation when answering this question. There is no right or wrong answer to this question and it depends on each family’s situation when making […]...

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Suggestions for getting “Mads” out

February 24, 2016

There are many common emotional reactions when a child faces the death of a loved one or the diagnosis of a serious illness. One of the most common emotional reactions is being angry or mad. This anger can be directed at medical caregivers, family members or friends. While being mad is a common reaction, knowing […]...

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