Play Therapy Bibliotherapy Idea for Grief Therapy


(Play Therapy Student)

The bibliotherapy play therapy assignment was outstanding! The topic I chose was therapy for grieving children for which I have some experience.

My grandson's father died two years ago. A local church and hospice sponsored a one day camp for children who had lost a loved one. Many grief therapy and play therapy books on the subject were available at this camp; however, one book was especially helpful to my grandson. It was Alan Wolfelt's book, Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids.

The play therapy / grief therapy bibliotherapy book is comprised of short narratives such as: Let yourself feel whatever you feel. "Your grief isn't exactly like anyone else's. Your thoughts and feelings will be different. It's OK to feel whatever you feel: sad, mad, maybe scared, sometimes even happy. No feelings are wrong or bad. Write or draw your feelings about this."

Bibliotherapy is an extraordinary tool for grief counseling and play therapy. There are myriad books available to help children and adults through the natural process of grieving in grief therapy and play therapy.

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