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Navigating loss with The Hare-Shaped Hole: Introducing grief worksheets for kids

Grief is a complex emotion, especially for children. To help guide them through the challenging process of loss, we at KiddyCharts are proud to introduce our new grief worksheets for kids, these are free, and also a companion to our free Shelf Care book club for kids as well. Don’t forget to sign up to that to get the free eBooks every month as well as these new worksheets for kids monthly too.

10 lucky members also get a copy of the book for free from Quarto Kids, the publisher, too!

These worksheets are specifically designed to assist children in understanding and expressing their feelings during difficult times. And the book club is focused on creating positive mental health for our kids too.

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Our grief worksheets for kids offer a series of engaging and therapeutic activities. From drawing exercises to writing prompts, these worksheets provide a safe space for children to explore their emotions and share their thoughts about loss.

Before we share the activity sheets for helping kids with loss and grief, here are some practical tips for helping with grief.

Top 5 tips to help kids with loss

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Alongside our grief worksheets, here are five tips to further assist children dealing with loss:

  1. Open Communication: Encourage children to express their feelings. Let them know it’s okay to talk about their loss and that their feelings are valid.
  2. Assure Stability: Maintain routines as much as possible. Familiarity can provide a sense of security during uncertain times.
  3. Express Emotions Creatively: Art, music, or writing can be therapeutic outlets for children to express their feelings.
  4. Encourage Remembrance: Help children remember the person or pet they’ve lost. This can be through photos, stories, or keepsakes.
  5. Seek Professional Help if Necessary: If a child’s grief seems prolonged or particularly intense, don’t hesitate to seek help from a mental health professional, or a counsellor. Helen Neale works with Headstuff ADHD Therapy, so check them out. Alternatively, there are some wonderful specialist charities that can help, such as Winston’s Wish. Don’t forget to check out our guide on how to help kids with grief from them on site alongside these worksheets.

Hare-Shaped Hole: A wonderful book to guide children through grief and loss

In addition to our worksheets and tips, we recommend the book The Hare-Shaped Hole by  John Dougherty, and illustrated by Thomas Docherty. This beautiful book tells the story of a brave hare facing a challenging journey — one that involves loss and the process of healing.

“A beautiful, gentle, rhyming exploration of grief and mourning.”

Joe Coelho, Waterstones Children’s Laureate
In the image, a hare-shaped hole is being filled with colorful stars by two children, representing the assistance provided by Kiddy Charts to children.

This heartwarming tale provides not only comfort but also valuable lessons about courage, friendship, and resilience. It’s an excellent resource to help children understand and cope with the concept of loss.

The book helps children to understand that there is a painful space created when we loss someone, or something, whether that is through death, or just someone moving on.

It helps children to accept these emotions and learn to understand we can ease the sadness by remembering special things about whatever, or whomever we have lost.

A stunning set of illustrations really bring the book to life as well.

We believe in providing resources that support children’s emotional well-being. Our grief worksheets, coupled with these tips and recommended reading, aim to bring a gentle guidance to children navigating the complex journey of grief.

What do our grief worksheets for kids look like

Our first three sheets, include the cover, and two colouring sheets. One encouraging children to fill the hare-shaped hole with happy memories, and then to colour in a sheet with Bertle and Hertle as well.

Our next three sheets are writing prompts, but you can also use them as discussion ideas as well for your children to talk about times that we have lost things, and the final image within the book, which gives you some clues as to how Gerda understands what Bertle is going through.

It is such a charming story, and the final illustration is beautiful.

The final two sheets, one of which is talking about children’s own experience of death can be held back for older children, or used with caution depending on the class, and ideas that you want to work with.

As always, it is up to you how to engage the children with our resources:

Remember, it’s okay to seek help, and it’s certainly okay to grieve. We’re here to help every step of the way.

To download these, just click on the button below, or the image too:

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We really hope you love this – don’t forget to sign up for the book club – its free, and you can get the book when it is released (4th August, 2023), alongside these sheets. They can be used as a standalone too of course.

We aren’t just about the book club, remember to sign up to our newsletter as well:

We’ve got a few other book activity sheets you might like, so why not check them out as well:

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Here are some more activity sheets based around books and wellbeing!

We really would love to see you again, so do come back soon.

The image is promoting a book called "The Hare-Shaped Hole" by John Dougherty and Thomas Docherty, published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books, to help kids with grief.

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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