We can't believe it is already back to school time for our Tu Nidito children and teens. We have enjoyed our family intergenerational group nights during the summer months. We are looking forward to resuming our regular program where children, teens, and their caregivers find the peer support they need to help them on their grief journeys.
We are also excited about our upcoming fall events. On September 8th, we will host Dueling Pianos, an evening of music and fun in support of our programs. If you haven't gotten your tickets - Hurry - they are selling fast! In November, we will return to El Tour de Tucson with our Ride For A Child team. We have 20 committed riders so far. We are hoping to build our team to 40 riders this year. Our riders are ambassadors for all of our Tu Nidito families, and we are grateful for their support. They ride with the purpose of creating a community of acceptance and understanding for those grieving a death or serious medical condition.
I hope you enjoy learning about our FreeWill partnership and our family programming in the articles below.
Did You Know August is National Make-A-Will Month?
Now is the time to join thousands of others in planning for the future and writing a will, with the help of our new partner, FreeWill.
Tu Nidito is committed to building a community of compassion and acceptance around death, to caring for one another by providing extra support and resources. That’s why we partnered with FreeWill, who share our vision that no child grieves alone.
With a legal will, you can approach the future with peace of mind by having a plan that communicates your wishes, provides for your loved ones, and sustains causes you believe in, like Tu Nidito. We’ve partnered with FreeWill to make it easier than ever to start your will and make your most important plan for the future.
With FreeWill, it only takes 20 minutes to make these essential life plans, and it’s free.
Last Make-A-Will Month, over 70,000 people trusted FreeWill to protect their loved ones’ futures and make bequests to causes they believe in. Join thousands of will-makers this Make-A-Will Month and make a difference for people and communities you hold close to your heart.
What's Happening at The Nest...
The board explaining each card of the Deck of Feelings.
Deck of Feelings
We’ve all had those slow summer days where all you needed was a deck of cards to have some fun. At Tu Nidito, for the month of August we’ve brought a deck of cards to our groups.
Deck of Feelings has group members take turns picking a card from the top of the deck. Each card, regardless of suit, corresponds to a question that the group member can choose to answer or not to answer.
A Three is “What do you miss about your special person who died?”
A Nine is “Do you ever have dreams about your special person?”
And an Ace asks them to tell any story they want about their special person.
The questions can make players confront some scary feelings, but they always get the group talking. One player realized that they'd stopped going swimming because that was what they used to do with their special person who died. Later, they decided it was better to start swimming again to remember their special person but also to have fun, which is what their special person would've wanted.
At the end of our family group night, we checked in with the kids and parents after playing Deck of Feelings. They said that it felt good to have this space and activity together for the Summer. They felt it was a safe space to share their grief and to hear from one another.
We discussed self-care, how important it was for children and parents to remember what they could do to make themselves feel better in their grief. Deck of Feelings reminded their moments of sadness could be helped by fun things like petting their pets, listening to music, or talking to a friend.
Welcome to the Nest, New Volunteers!
We would like to welcome our 15 new volunteers to the Tu Nidito team! They've already learned the ropes and are waiting to be assigned to their groups. If you're interested in volunteering, our next training is on September 30th. Email [email protected]or sign up below.
A Ride For a Child Ambassador raises funds and awareness to support Tu Nidito’s mission, further ensuring that no child grieves alone! Our dedicated community of cyclists rally together each November in support of Tu Nidito’s mission and in honor of Children’s Grief Awareness Day, for a celebratory group ride around Tucson.