An Activity for Remembering a Loved One
By Diane Carlson, Co-Director Camp Hands of Hope When someone you care about dies, it is normal to feel like there is a hole in your heart. Those feelings can come in waves and sometimes it is hard to know just what to do. Children, just like adults, need time and space to grieve and express their feelings. Working together as a family on a memory making activity can provide a way to talk about your loss, learn how your child is feeling, and help all of you move forward in your grief journey. One such opportunity at our recent Spring Camp Hands of Hope in Myrtle Beach was the family plate activity. Materials: - One White Ceramic Dinner Plate (These can be found at many retail stores such as Walmart or Target, and online.) - Ceramic/Porcelain Paint Markers (Can be found online or in craft stores. Be sure read the instructions before getting started.) Directions: - Write the name of the person you are remembering in the middle of the plate. You can also write their role, such as Grandpa, Grandma, or Mom.
- Around the rim of the plate write: “We remember, so we don’t forget”
- Have family members take turns and write or draw memories or characteristics that made that person special. Examples: loved to dance, best smile, told jokes, loved to travel, favorite sports team - Let the plate dry for several hours or overnight and bake at 400 F for 30 minutes. Check directions on marker package. - Turn the oven off, and let cool for 30 minutes. - Use as a place setting honoring your loved one on special occasions and take some time to go around the table and share some memories.
Camp Hands of Hope is a program of the Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation. These youth-centered and family-focused bereavement camps are provided at no cost to attendees and are held several times a year. Children in kindergarten through 12th grade, who have experienced the loss of a loved one within the past three years, are eligible to attend camp when accompanied by at least one adult family member. We are grateful to Hospice Care of South Carolina for providing assistance with curriculum design, session leaders, and volunteer support. More than 1,300 children and family members have participated in these camps. To learn more about attending a camp, becoming a volunteer, or making a donation to support this program, please visit www.camphandsofhope.org.