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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Pieces of Grief – Support Activity

December 6, 2016

This is an activity that can be done with children of all ages that are dealing with grief related to the death of a loved one. It is great for a group setting or can be completed one on one.   Supplies Needed: Medium Clay Pot Hammer Hot Glue Sharpie Markers Pot Activity: Step One: […]...

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Color Your Grief

September 28, 2016

This is an activity that can be done with children of all ages that are dealing with grief related to a serious illness or death.     Supplies Needed: 12” Ceramic Tile Different color sharpies Dropper Rubbing Alcohol Tile Activity: Step One: Assign each color an emotion. For example red is angry, pink is frustrating […]...

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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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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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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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Keeping It Real: Conversation tips when a parent is diagnosed with a serious illness

February 10, 2016

No one looks forward to having difficult conversations, especially when they involve children and a parent’s diagnosis of a serious illness. However, sometimes they are not only important to have, but necessary. Having to tell your child that you have been diagnosed with a serious illness such as cancer is not only scary, but it […]...

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When a Brother or Sister is ill – Activities to help siblings process a diagnosis

October 23, 2015

When a child is diagnosed with a serious medical condition, the entire family is impacted. This impact can be especially felt by healthy siblings. Siblings are thrown into completely unforeseen life changes and likely have a limited understanding as to what exactly is happening. Siblings may begin to experience emotions that are overwhelming and di...

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A Night at the Nest

July 6, 2015

Many people think that Tu Nidito is a sad place. While the work that our agency supports can be sad and, at times, emotionally draining, Tu Nidito is not a sad place to be. It is a place where families come together to find connections, to heal, grieve and support each other during unimaginable times. […]...

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