Holidays after a loved one has died are never easy, and Easter is no exception. This year may be especially difficult due to social distancing and having to stay at home without extended family for safety and health reasons. Being physically apart from loved ones this Easter may intensify feelings of grief for children and adults because they won’t be able to gather with others to remember their loved one who died. Sharing memories can be a source of comfort when missing a loved one during the holidays and can be a treasured part of a celebration. Below is a fun craft kids and parents can all do with simple items you likely already have at home to help remember loved ones who have died this Easter.
Colored Paper (Spring or Easter themed if possible)
Egg Cookie Cutter (optional)
Markers, Colored Pencils, or Crayons
Cut the middle out of the inside of the paper plate but leave the outside intact so that you have a ring, this will be the base of the wreath. If using a cookie cutter, trace it on the colored paper to make Easter eggs. If you are not using a cookie-cutter, simply draw egg shapes on the colored paper using a pencil. If your paper has a design on it, it is best to trace/draw on the blank side so that any leftover pencil marks won’t show. Once you have several eggs traced/drawn cut them out.
On each egg write a word or memory or draw a picture that reminds you of your loved one who died on the top side. You can also decorate the eggs further with stickers, gems, sequins, etc. if desired.
Once all of the eggs have something on them glue them around the paper plate ring to form the wreath. It is okay if the eggs overlap but try your best to not cover up the memories, words, pictures about your loved one. After the eggs are all attached cut a piece of ribbon and tie it in a bow, glue the bow to the front of the wreath. Cut another piece of ribbon and form a loop. Glue the loop to the back of the wreath to use to hang the wreath.
Use the wreath as a reminder of memories and traits of the loved one who died during the holiday season as well as a conversation starter about the things you miss about the person, the moments you will always treasure, and what made them special to each family member.
*Craft adapted from theresourcefulmama.com
Author – Peyton Petty, Program Coordinator