COVID-19 Information and Support Websites
- CHOP COVID-19 updates
- CHOP Cancer Center COVID-19 Updates for Patients and Families
- APA’s 5 ways to view coverage of COVID-19
- GRYT’s Global Virtual Knowledgebase and Novel Coronavirus Expert Network to Support Cancer Community, including a series of free, live, virtual programming and digital meetup calendar
- Coping with Social Isolation and Fear
- The Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia - virtual programming for COVID-19
- Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation - online chats and support groups
- Elephants and Tea COVID-19 Resources
Connecting through Technology Ideas
Connect with family and friends over video chat with FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype. o Have themed video chats. Do you meet a friend for coffee once a week before week? Make a cup at home, log on and get your day started together! Do you get together with family for pizza every week? Have a virtual pizza party where you enjoy a slice together chat, laugh, and catch up on your week.
- Join Houseparty for video chat with games built in.
- Reach out to friends you haven’t spoken to in a while on social media.
Activities at Home
- Class Central – for young adults, there are free Ivy League courses accessible for anyone to audit
- Crafts for Kids Videos from the Child Life Team
- Tour a Museum, free virtual tours
- The Met, certain Broadway Performers, and other entertainment venues are live-streaming shows
- Meigs Point Nature Center - live nature programs on Facebook Live at select times Tuesdays-Fridays
- EkhartYoga free yoga and mediation
- Fitness Blender offers a variety of free cardio, strength, and yoga instruction videos
Resources on How to Help Families Cope with a Sick or Deceased Caregiver
Create a memory book or box together – include pictures, items, and other things that remind you of the deceased individual. This can be used to help children look to when they are feeling down or thinking about the person.
Books for Children
- “Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing after Loss” by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen
- “Gran-Gran’s Best Trick: A Story for Children who Have Lost Someone They Love” by L. Dwight Holden, MD
- “Samantha Jane's Missing Smile: A Story About Coping With the Loss of a Parent” by Julie Kaplow, Donna Pincus, Beth Spiegel
- “Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies” by Janis Silverman
- “Why Did You die? Activities to Help Children Cope with Grief and Loss” by Erika Leeuwenburgh
- “When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief” by Marge Heegaard
- Recommended for use with an adult the child has a close relationship.
- “What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?” by Trevor Romain
- “I Miss You: A First Look At Death” by Pat Thomas (Author), Leslie Harker (Illustrator)
- “The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: 20th Anniversary Edition” by Leo Buscaglia (Author)
- This book uses the metaphor of seasonal changes to discuss life transitions and does not include literal language about death.
- “The Saddest Time” (An Albert Whitman Prairie Book) by Norma Simon (Author), Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)
- “How do we tell the children: A step by step guide for helping children 2 to teen cope when someone dies.” By Dan Schaefer and Chrsitine Lyons.
- “How to help children through a parent’s serious illness” by Kathleen McCue
- "Cry, Heart, But Never Break" by Glenn Ringtved
Books for Caregivers
- “Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick” by Anna C. Muriel and Paula K. Rauch (a Harvard Medical School Book)
- “Community Crises and Disasters: A Parent’s Guide to Talking with Children of All Ages” by Cynthia W. Moore and Paula K. Rausha
- “Helping Children Cope with Death” by The Dougy Center
- “Healing a Child’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical ideas for Families, Friends, and Caregivers” by Alan D Wolfelt
- “Great Answers to Difficult Questions about Death” by Linda Goldman
- “Bereaved Children and Teens” by Earl Grollman
- “Talking With Children About Loss” (Paperback) by Maria Trozzi
- Online Classes, Programs and Educational Resources for adolescents, young adult cancer patients and survivors
- “The Gift of Gerbert’s Feathers” by Lori Wiener and Meaghann Weaver
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty (AFSP)
- What Parents Can Do: Promoting Mental Wellness in Children (AFSP)
- 7 Ways to Support Kids and Teens Through the Coronavirus Pandemic (MGH Clay Center)
- 10 Self-Care Tips for Parents (MGH Clay Center)
- Self-Care for Resilience - Videos, Toolkit & Resources for the Whole Family (MGH Clay Center)
- Illuminated Collage Home Activity – Interactive art activity to open conversations about mental health with kids (MGH Clay Center)
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network site
- Resource page for parents
- Ready to Remember: Jeremy's Journey of Hope and Healing downloadable PDF book for children about traumatic grief
- Books for parents, professionals, and children by age
- NY Life Foundation
- Sesame Street specific to children's grief (resources, video, materials to view/order, etc.)
- Scholastic information on grief; resources for educators
Resources and Needs
- Greater Philadelphia Area Residents: Community Resources Connects has a compilation of websites and resources highlighting community services to support your family, such as help with food, utilities, transportation and more.
- New Jersey Residents: the COVID-19 New Jersey hub has resources and updates for families in the state.
If you have any questions or concerns with getting adequate resources, do not hesitate to contact your social worker.