He is one of Australia’s most respected positive psychology and parent speakers, an author and a researcher. He is the founder and owner of Happy Families Family Education.
Dr Justin Coulson invited Feel the Magic Co-Founder and National Virtual Program Lead, Kristy Thomas to his Happy Families podcast recently.
Many of us start the year with energy and feeling excited about life, but the reality is that sometimes hard things happen.
Episode #701: Kristy Thomas
During episode 701 of the Happy Families podcast – LISTEN HERE, Kristy shared the sad statistic that 1 in 20 children in Australia will lose a parent by the time they’re 18, what Feel the Magic is about and how best to support your grieving child.
Kristy also explained how:
- grief can be isolating for children
- Camp Magic can turn that feeling of isolation to inclusion amongst a community of other kids in similar situations
- children usually respond to grief
- parents should respond to their child’s grief
- to feel it to heal it
- to use your words intentionally
- to look after yourself and your grief
Kristy said “Feel the Magic was born out of my own childhood bereavement as well as Co-Founder with my husband who had lost both his parents by the time he was 30. What we realised actually here in Australia is that there are minimal resources for children and parents to access to help kids through the worst time possible”.
Camp Magic – empowering kids to take control of their grief
Kristy further talked about Camp Magic, our signature and most in-demand three-day camp. We match every grieving child with an adult mentor that comes on the journey with them. They have someone sitting beside them on their journey. At every session during Camp, there is someone there with them to support them. We are there to empower kids to self-soothe, self-regulate, and take control of their grief.
“The biggest thing that’s amazing that comes along with these programs is they get to meet other kids like them. Part of what grief does to a kid is it isolates them. They become very different. They don’t know anyone else that is going through what they are. They don’t know how to talk about it with other people. And so when instantly they meet other kids going through the same thing, suddenly their world opens up to say I am not the only one. There’s a way forward” said Kristy.
Listen to the full podcast here, or on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or iHeartRADIO.
About Feel the Magic
Kristy Thomas and her husband James founded Feel the Feel the Magic in 2013, driven by their personal experiences with grief and a mission to ensure no Australian child goes through grief alone.
We proudly continue this mission and have helped over 1,200 kids and their families through free camps, resources, research to help grieving kids heal.
As a leading charity dedicated exclusively to grieving children, we provide:
- Evidence-based programs developed by a clinical psychologist
- Free in-person and virtual camps for grieving kids
- Grief support communities for teens, children and families
- Free online resources and support
For more resources to help navigate childhood grief, please explore our Grief Resource Hub. If you’re interested in connecting your child and yourself to a community of people who understand you, and to mentors who can teach you about grief and give you the tools to heal, then please look into our free camps. If you need immediate mental health support for you or your child, please get in touch with a helpline.