Book & Stuffed Puppy to Read to Young Kids About Covid-19
Common Ground Grief Center in Manasquan helps children deal with the death of a loved one. This non-profit knows all about loss and teaching kids to cope. Now there is a special book and stuffed animal combo that you can get to teach your younger kids about the Covid-10 pandemic.
Lynn Snyder is the founder and executive director of Common Ground Grief Center, one of the most important organizations to exist in the Monmouth/Ocean area for children, teens and young adults who have suffered the loss of a parent, sibling, or close friend.
Lynn is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Board Certified Art Therapist, and Fellow in Thanatology (the study of death, dying and bereavement.) She also serves as adjunct faculty at Monmouth University.
Through group therapy, art therapy, and so much more, this 'shelter in a storm' beautiful house in Manasquan lets those who have suffered traumatic loss to feel physically and emotionally safe and understood by both professional counselors and trained moderators but, most importantly, to know that they are among peers who have been through the same thing and help them process their feelings
Common Ground also has a memory garden as a way to honor and stay connected to loved ones lost. This charming home (because it's so much more than just a 'building') offers free, open-ended peer support through your donations.
I adore Lynn and support all that she continues to accomplish for our community with her gift to those in need, and now she has a new book out that is just as important and necessary, especially for younger kids who are still trying to process the ramifications of this pandemic.
The book and “Ruby puppy stuffed animal” is $19.99. If you would like to place an order, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Our hearts hurt at the fact that we couldn't be there to support so many children and teens who were grieving. The calls for services kept coming in."
What a challenge in times of social-distancing to hold group therapy. That's when Lynn reached out to JoAnn about holding these sessions at Allaire Community Farm, a nonprofit animal rescue with a mission of inclusion. Their use their rescued animals and working farm to 'nurture through nature' -- special needs adults and children, at-risk population, veterans with PTSD and families battling cancer.
"Joanne was so incredibly gracious and couldn't have been more accommodating and giving to our needs. She showed me around the farm and offered any of the various spaces to run our groups on her beautiful property. And she offered this free of cost to us!"
"Allaire Community Farm was the answer to our prayers. We couldn't be more grateful and thankful to JoAnn. She does so much for so many local nonprofits, all with a smile on her face and her heart set on the intention to help others."