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Splash Emotions!

June 26, 2019

Looking for an activity to get your kids talking about their feelings? Tu Nidito Support Specialists recommend playing Splash Emotions, a great summer activity that encourages talking about big feelings AND offers fun water play! Materials needed: At least six different emotions, drawn/printed on paper and placed inside plastic sleeve protectors. I...

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Exploring Feelings of Sadness

February 27, 2019

Sometimes, sadness comes and goes. Sometimes it lingers. Sometimes it stays so long that we can’t imagine what it would be like to experience another feeling. Tu Nidito staff created this activity to support children and teens dealing with sadness relating to serious illness or bereavement, while acknowledging the importance of joy and self-care ...

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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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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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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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Releasing Angry Feelings with Anger Bubbles

July 10, 2017

Anger is a completely normal feeling, especially after someone special has died or been diagnosed with a serious illness. Sometimes it’s difficult to know how to express these angry feelings, but when they stay below the surface, they can bubble up and come out all at once. Anger bubbles are a great activity for releasing […]...

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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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I Love You to Pieces

February 13, 2017

This is a great activity for children who are grieving. It allows them to to build a heart, piece by piece the honor and remember the special people in their lives who have died. Even though someone might not be with us, we still remember pieces of them all the time. This activity can be […]...

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