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THE COPING WITH GRIEF GAME: Helping Grieving Kids & Teens Deal with Loss



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Looking for a helpful counseling intervention for grieving teens and kids dealing with the loss of a loved one?  You’ll love our Coping with Grief Card Game.  The prompts invite players to reflect on and build coping skills, to express hard-to-talk-about feelings and thoughts about death and loss, and to remember and honor their relationship with the person who has died.


Ways You Can Use The Coping with Grief Game:

  • Small Groups for Social Emotional Learning Support and Skills Practice
  • Individual counseling sessions as an assessment tool.
  • The actual act of playing the game provides insight into children’s social skills, decision-making process, frustration tolerance, level of respect for rules & boundaries, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Playing also builds social skills.


Now Available in Both Print and Digital Game Formats

You now get to choose between playing the printable card game format or the digital Google Slides™ version.  So whether you are in person or need an interactive grief intervention for distance learning, teletherapy, or virtual small groups, we got you covered.


How to Play The Digital Coping with Grief Connect Game

Taking turns, players/teams choose a number based on the spot they would like to place their pawn. Then answer the corresponding question/prompt. Move game pawn to cover the number just answered. Players continue to take turns answering questions/prompts and moving their pawn pieces until the first player/team has completed a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line of either 4 or 5 in a row.

For a Free “Sample Example” of how the digital game works, please download my Conversation Starter Connect Game!


How to Play The Printable Coping with Grief Game

In the spirit of other popular shedding-type card games, the player to get rid of all their cards first by wins. Players try to “match” the top card in the discard pile, by either laying down the same number, color (or shape, if using the black & white set), or type of action card. If the card contains a question or prompt, that player shares their response. The player may choose to decline responding by using 1 of their 2 Pass Tickets. Actions cards add fun twists and turns to the game. Actions include:

  •  TAKE 3: The next person in line must take 3 cards before taking their turn.
  • ROTATE RIGHT / ROTATE LEFT: All players pass on, or “rotate,” their cards to either the left or right, so that everyone exchanges hands with each other.
  • GO AGAIN: Player gets to “go again,” gaining an additional turn.
  • FREE!: Player who discards a FREE card is “free” to choose a new color (or shape) for the discard pile and then discard an additional card based on the color (or shape) they changed it to.
  • FREE + SPY!: Player who discards a FREE+SPY card can spy on one player by peeking at their cards and then is “free” to choose a new color (or shape) for the discard pile and then discard an additional card based on the color (or shape) they changed it to.


Make sure to check out our FREE What Grief Can Feel Like Poster.


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Individual + Group Counseling

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✔ The Coping with Grief Connect Game on Google Slides™


✔ TWO sets of TheCoping with Grief Card Game: in both color AND black and white. So if you don’t have access to a color printer, no problem! You can download and print in black and white too! Instead of color, players match up cards with shapes!

✔ Detailed Game Directions

✔ Tips on how to use the Coping with Grief Card Game as a Therapeutic Intervention

✔ Over 75 Questions & Prompts

✔ Action Cards

✔ Pass Tickets


A lovely way to engage students and to get them talking about a difficult and painful topic. Thank you for your amazing resources!

-Sharlene H.

August 30, 2021, TPT Review



Love this resource as it is low prep for me but it also provides wonderful questions to really help get our students talking. Grief can be a challenging topic. This really helped!

The student I used this with was very reluctant to answer any questions until presented in game format. Worked beautifully for him. Little prep for me!

-Jan M.

February 10, 2021, TPT Review


This was a nice way to talk about grief for my student who lost his friend. I’ll be using this again for other students.

The kids loved it! I love the idea of PASS cards for the kids to pass on the questions that are tough for them to answer. Great questions which generated excellent discussion. Grief and loss can be a tough topic for kids so making it a game format made it less intimidating. Love the game!

-Thuy-Duong N.

March 28, 2020, TPT Review

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