The Solace Tree provides grief and loss support groups to children and teens regardless of their race, creed, social or economic status.

“My nieces and I went from a dark, sad place not knowing where to turn, a friend recommended The Solace Tree. The kids have made a complete turn around, they’ve made friends and are happy again. It’s wonderful to see.” – Pam D.

Grief Activity: How Does Your Heart Feel Today?

  1. Paint or draw a picture of your heart using colors and shapes that show how it really feels today.
  2. With silly putty or play dough show how your heart feels.
  3. Use conversation to express how your heart feels today.  Pretend your heart is speaking with the person who died. Write the conversation they are having.
  4. Choose a word from this list that best describes how your heart feels today. Then put the word on paper and make it look like your heart feels. (You can use colored markers, cutout pictures from magazines, paint, or whatever you’d like).
  • angry
  • anxious
  • ashamed
  • bored
  • cautious
  • confused
  • depressed
  • despairing
  • disgusted
  • embarrassed
  • enraged
  • exhausted
  • frightened
  • frustrated
  • funny
  • furious
  • gloomy
  • guilty
  • happy
  • helpless
  • hopeful
  • hysterical
  • humorous
  • jealous
  • joyful
  • lazy
  • lethargic
  • lonely
  • mad
  • mean
  • mischievous
  • nervous
  • noisy
  • overwhelmed
  • painful
  • peaceful
  • quiet
  • sad
  • scared
  • silly
  • shy
  • surprised
  • shocked
  • terrified
  • unhappy
  • violent
  • warm & cozy
  • weird

Grief Activity: Take a Moment or Two

Remember a special time you had with the person who died. Capture that moment in a story or a picture. As you write or draw, feel the feelings you experienced with your loved one and show those feelings in your writing or drawing.

You can do this activity again on another day using a topic below:

  • Remember a funny moment
  • Remember an angry moment
  • Remember a happy moment
  • Remember a scary moment
  • Remember a loving moment
  • Remember a frustrating moment

Before and After

Draw BEFORE and AFTER pictures. Draw a picture of your house, your family or yourself before your loved one died. Now draw the picture of your house, your family or yourself after the person died.