Mourning Rituals During a Time of Physical Distancing

Talking about dying and death with children is never easy. In the months to come, many will be impacted by the death of a family member due to COVID-19 or other causes.

With quarantines, travel restrictions and physical distancing measures in place, saying good-bye and participating in important rituals that allow us to gather, remember and mourn are becoming increasingly difficult at a time when we are at our most vulnerable and most need connection to family and friends.

There are ways we can connect and participate in rituals that allow us to mourn and honour the deceased person in a meaningful way. For children, including them in planning and participating in these rituals is an important part of their grieving and they will often have their own ideas and suggestions to share.

This printable resource sheet provides some ideas for mourning rituals when we cannot be together.

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