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The Compassionate Maker: Grief & Healing in a School Library Makerspace

Psyches iatreion - roughly translated as “Healing Place for the Soul”

Seymour, G. (2016, May/June). The Compassionate Makerspace: Grief and Healing in a High School Library Makerspace [in press]. Teacher Librarian.

Memorial Buttons


Making memorial buttons.

We used the Tecre 2 1/4 button maker and supplies, though there are other brands available.

Resources for Schools

Before I die... Walls

Memory Bears (Upcycled Fabric)

Most of these patterns require experience with sewing. If you're not experienced enough, you may want to consider hiring someone to do the work for you. Etsy is a good place to look or ask for recommendations at your local craft store.


Encourage Self-Expression


"Give children of all ages, including teens, the opportunity to express themselves through poetry, song, fiction, and  in other creative ways."

Ideas: Memory Jar

Use a Mason jar or any other glass jar available and place photos, trinkets and such within.

  • The Memory Jar
    This is described as a group project but can easily be accomplishment by an individual.

Ideas: Snow Globe Memory Jar

Ideas: Pet Tombstone/Memorial


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