Who We Are
Dr. Emily McClatchey is a psychologist and mother of three young children in Cambridge, MA. She has spent many years working with kids: in schools; in the Peace Corps; through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network; and as a child and family therapist.
Why Our Boxes?
Adults experiencing loss are frequently comforted in many ways, but children are often marginalized. The Kidolences boxes are carefully curated according to psychological research and are designed to meet the unique needs of children in times of loss and grief.
Children & Loss: What To Know
Adults typically respond two ways to a child's loss: either total silence because they are concerned they could upset the child further, or fawning sentimentality that may comfort the adult, but can confuse a kid who doesn't know how to express what they are feeling.
The Lighter Side of Kidolences
For more commonplace change, we offer the lighter side of Kidolences. Our Lighter Side boxes serve the same purpose as all of our boxes: to model a developmentally appropriate, attuned, and affirming response to a child’s experience of loss or change.
Read Dr. McClatchey's recommendations for healing books that can become valuable parts of a child's life and wellbeing. Many times a great book can answer difficult questions that are hard to answer ourselves.
Donate a Box
Sponsor a box for a deserving foster kid, a special little one going through loss, or a small child going through change. Simply select "donation" at checkout.