These ideas are just a starting point. There are many creative ideas for children to remember. Ask your child their thoughts and what they would like to do to say goodbye.
Write a letter to their loved one. They can then choose to ask a grown-up visiting the hospital to read it out loud.
Draw a picture of their loved one. They may choose to keep it or send to the hospital to be hung in their loved one’s room.
Write a poem or a song. Share it out loud – alone, to the family, or make a recording to send to the hospital.
Read a book or poem that reminds them of their loved one.
Choose a special item that belonged to their loved one that they can keep. (Parents, make sure this item is safe, durable, and age appropriate for your child.)
Choose a piece of clothing that belonged to their loved one. Make it into a pillow so it can be held and snuggled.
Make a list of things they learned from their loved one.
Plant a tree, flower, or bury a time capsule.
Make a stone garden in memory of their loved one.
Try out an activity or hobby that their loved one used to enjoy.
Look at photos of their loved one. Make a scrapbook. Talk about memories of them.
Listen to music that reminds them of their loved one. Make a playlist of their favorite songs.
Make a “hug” by tracing their hands onto paper, and then cutting out the tracing. They can decorate the hands or write messages to their loved one. Then measure a piece of string so that it is as long as their arms, from fingertip to fingertip. Attach the string ends to the paper hands. Now they have a “hug” that can sent to the hospital with a visiting adult.