Good Mourning Game creates a peaceful environment where children who've suffered loss can resolve their grief.
The board 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 new coping skills learned.
- “Draw a picture of a body and fill it with all the feelings you have”
- “Imagine you're taking a ride in a hot air balloon, rising higher and higher, passing through the clouds. You're leaving everything below. What do you see and smell?”
- “Sometimes you get a “lump in your throat” when you think about your loss? What does that mean?” Whether loss has occurred through illness, death, or a change in lifestyle – such as a move, a divorce, or new custody arrangements – this game lets children resolve their grief in an open, supportive, and caring environment.
2 to 5 Players