When children experience the loss of a special person, it is tough stuff. Children often struggle with grief, experiencing feelings of isolation and loneliness which can create social, behavioural and academic challenges for them.
Unfortunately, in our death-averse society, many grieving children have few opportunities to share their feelings and stories of grief. It is critically important for grieving children to know that they are not alone.
They need opportunities to express how they are feeling, to share the sadness, loneliness, confusion they feel, and to be heard.
Kenzie's Gift is there for children and families living with terminal illness and bereavement, and has created these support kits so they do not have to grieve alone.
Each pack includes a colourful, interactive Diary for children aged 5-12 years, full of memory creating activities, coping tools and strategies to help. There is also a small booklet for caregivers offering guidance and advice on how to support and reassure children.
Please contact us to receive a copy of Memories are Forever.
Kenzie's Gift gratefully acknowledges the following for their valued contributions to the packs: Fairfax Media/Ports of Auckland Round the Bays 2015, the design team at Benefitz, the artists involved in the Warehouse Stationery Great NZ Colouring Book who donated their work, Lorna Wood, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, and writer Jane Bissell.
We think you’ll have fun using this Diary because you can write in it, draw pictures of you or your family and friends, store stickers and
photos and little notes...but the Diary also asks you to write down some important stuff too:
- Questions you want to ask
- Things you want to talk about
- Names of the people looking after you
- How you feel
Some famous people throughout history have told us how they feel and you’ll find signposts in the Diary with some of the things they’ve said. Watch for the signposts along the way. How many of those people do you know? Their words will guide us, make us think about things and cheer us up too.Read Now