Support for Grieving Siblings

Getting Started

The Grieving Child (a resource from Brooke’s Place)

About Childhood Grief (National Alliance for Children’s Grief)

10 Things Grieving Children Want You To Know (a resource from NAGC via Brooke’s Place)

Enduring the Holidays with Grief (a resource from Brooke’s Place)

Holiday Grief Self Care Plan Worksheet (a resource from Brooke’s Place)

NAGC

The National Alliance for Grieving Children lists grief support services and/or counseling support service providers who serve children, teens and their families. Find someone in your state here.

The NAGC also provides a myriad of other free resources in the form of worksheets, articles, and guides covering topics such as:

Talking to Children about Death and Dying

Talking About Grieving As A Family

NAGC Hero Toolkit (In Support of Super Heroic Grieving Children & Teens)

Talking about End of Life Memorials & Rituals

Responding to Change & Loss

New York Life Foundation

New York Life is the leading corporate funder of childhood bereavement support. They provide varied resources for families, schools, and communities to help children through the grieving process from all kinds of loss. They also support the Eluna Network, which provides a national bereavement resource guide. (*Please note the Eluna guide does not list a great many resources available in and around Indianapolis. Here at Amos’ Anchors, we are working to be listed on their site.*)

Children’s Books

*Just so you know, while there are links to purchase the books provided for you here, we receive no proceeds from your purchase through these links.*

Our Heaven Baby : A book about miscarriage and the hope of Heaven.

We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead : A book about miscarriage from the perspective of the big brother in the family.

Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler’s Guide to Understanding Death : Intended to be read to two- and three-year-old children to help them understand death and process the loss of a loved one. Written at a developmental level that is appropriate for two- and three-year-olds, the story explains death; lets children know that it is okay to feel sad; and reassures children that they can still love the person who died, and the person who died will always love them.

The Invisible String : Excellent for younger children who you may need to be separated from during a hospital stay. “A bestselling picture book about the unbreakable connections between loved ones. The Invisible String offers a very simple approach to overcoming loneliness, separation, or loss with an imaginative twist that children easily understand and embrace, and delivers a particularly compelling message in today’s uncertain times.”

Something Happened: A Book for Children and Parents Who Have Experienced Pregnancy Loss : “This beautifully illustrated, simple, clear story is designed to help a young child understand what has happened when there has been a pregnancy loss. The book addresses the sadness that a child experiences when the anticipated baby has died. The child’s fears and feelings of guilt are addressed as well as other confusing feelings. Perhaps most important, the book includes the family’s experience of going on with life while always remembering their baby. The child reading the book is left with a sense of reassurance that life continues and he is still a vital part of a loving family. “

Local Indianapolis Support Groups & Camps

Hope in Healing Riley Children’s Hospital

Hope in Healing Pediatric Bereavement Program provides compassionate and comprehensive grief support to families who have experienced the death of a child. Services provided include: mailings, educational materials, phone support, individual and family grief support, and support groups.  Ages 4 to adult.

Be sure to access Riley’s Grief Support Guide where you can find a myriad of resources including the Sibling Loss Fact Sheet from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health
1828 N. Illinois Street      
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Contact Riley Bereavement Services for more individualized information based on your needs:    
(317) 963-0829 rileybereavement@iuhealth.org
http://www.iuhealth.org/hopeinhealing

Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People

Provides support groups, therapy services, and community/parent education to empower children, teens, young adults, and their families in the midst of grief.

Brooke’s Place has a great list of resources here for grieving children.

Support groups for ages 3-20+ who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or loved one. Meets twice per month on Thursday evenings. Adult groups at the same time. Contact (317)705-9650 or visit www.brookesplace.org for more information. 

Camp Healing Tree is a weekend camp for grieving children and teens ages 7 to 17, sponsored by Brooke’s Place of Indianapolis.

Happens each August. Be sure to register early and check out this page for up to date information.

Register here.

For more information, call 317-705-9650 .

Camp Erin® 

A free week-end grief camp for children and teens, ages 6-17 that have experienced the death of someone close to them in the past year.

September 13 – 15, 2019

Register for the waitlist here.

Phone: 317-621-4227
E-mail: CampErin@eCommunity.com