Good Mourning Game

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good mourning game

Helps children ages 6-18 deal with loss.

32125 Good Mourning Game


Helps children ages 6-18 deal with loss.

Nicholas J. Bisenius, Ph. D. and Michele Norris, M.S.W.

An enchanting Gameboard is the centerpiece of this wonderful therapy tool. It creates a magical, yet peaceful, environment, where children suffering loss can resolve their grief.

The Gameboard illustrates nature’s basic cycle, which, like the grief cycle, moves from stormy intensity to relative calm. Game cards introduce techniques that can help children work through the grieving process. Players learn to share memories, explore feelings, enjoy laughter and play, relax and identify their own coping strategies. When they complete the Star Path, they each receive a Shining Star, which serves as a reminder of the coping skills learned.

Whether loss has occurred through illness, death, or a change such as moving, divorce or a change in custody arrangements, this game lets children resolve their grief in an open, supportive and caring environment. Research conducted with children’s grief groups show that both group leaders and participants give the Good Mourning Game high ratings. It can be played by a therapist and up to three children, usually in about 45 minutes.