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Grieving with Gratitude — Healing Heart Activity

Thanksgiving is a holiday focused on gratitude, but sometimes it can be hard to feel thankful when we're grieving. This "Gratitude Chain" activity helps remind us of all we can be thankful for, no matter how small it may be.

  • Strips of different color construction paper

  • Glue, tape, or stapler

  • Something to write with

  1. Create several strips of paper in whatever colors your family chooses.

  2. Allow some time for your family to discuss things they might be grateful for: memories of your person who died, being able to connect with friends and family, plans for a future play date or family trip.

  3. Now, write down those gratitude thoughts on the strips of paper.

  4. Take those strips and create loops that interlock and create a chain.

  5. Continue until your family feels that they have created the length of chain they want. We encourage you to display your gratitude chain somewhere where you can see it daily.

While we realize it may be hard at first to think about things to be grateful for, start small and hopefully you will find it hard to stop!

Whenever you notice yourself feeling down this holiday season, take a moment to look at your gratitude chain and reflect on all those special things you and your family have to feel thankful for.


Erin’s House is here to support our community through their grief. If you are in need of resources or support, please reach out to us to speak with a Child Grief Specialist: or 260.423.2466.


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