- Enable the child to identify feelings and fears, and find a successful way to cope with them.
- Educate the children about the disease and what to expect during treatment, to improve their understanding and ability to cope.
- Encourage family dialogue about the challenges of caring for a child with a life-threatening illness.
- Make use of specially-designed tools — such as our Sharing Box, Worry Stones, Family Journal kits — to foster communication between family members.
Common materials used in Sibling Support Program activities.
Glittering heart stickers may be used to create a beautiful
poster to remind siblings of their support system and all those who
their heart is connected to when they are separated due to long
Teens may collage the cover of a journal, making it their own
and using it to safely share whatever feelings they are keeping inside.
Friends Having Fun
“Friends Having Fun” is a weekly virtual group that is a social outlet for ill children and their siblings and a space to normalize their experience and connect with others. The one-hour sessions led by two Friends of Karen’s creative arts therapists include art projects, music, movement and games to promote interaction.