Play Therapy Activity: The Grief Therapy Bottle

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Play Therapy Grief Therapy Bottle

Play Therapy Grief Therapy Bottle

I decided to do a grief bottle for my play therapy feelings bottle. It seemed appropriate since the anniversary of my sister's death is approaching. I began with water and tried to choose my tokens/sequins with great care. I began searching for a red heart. That was my sister's favorte color and shape. I dropped that in the bottle telling my partner the significance.
I looked for more tokens that would represent my sister and/or my feelings about her and/or her death. I made sure to include a heavy stone because I felt like my feelings weighed me down on some days.
Then I added glitter in the colors appropriate for my sister (red being the first one). I added blue food coloring because I felt more sad than angry about her death. Then I added the soap.
When I shook it all up it felt good to get those feelings out. I could see how it would be easy for kids to understand how feelings are temporary and can change and yet some things will stay the same. I felt like I had control over those feelings like I could bring them back up if I wanted. Especially with the heavy stone I felt like I had the choice to let it weigh me down or for me to pick those feelings up and embrace/examine them for play therapy.

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