CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Aiden Pratt used both hands to press a golden halo around the pizza photograph pasted to his Christmas ornament.
"This one is for me," the 5-year-old said, pointing to the completed amulet that featured his favorite food.
Next to Aiden was a wooden picture frame -- the top crowned with pastel scrapbook stickers that read "Grandma."
Aiden's grandmother died earlier this year, said Kim Ayers -- a nurse at Kanawha HospiceCare and confidant to Aiden.
"How do you spell you?" Aiden asked.
"Y-O-U," Ayers replied.
The eager speller then asked how to write the letter y, and Ayers walked over to the craft table to help him complete his message to Alice: I love you. He planned to tuck the piece of paper inside a heart-shaped box -- a keepsake in memory of his grandmother.
HospiceCare hosted an ornament-making workshop Thursday for kids facing the pain and confusion of grief.
Mike Dupay, director of bereavement at HospiceCare, said the workshop is a way to help young people through their grief during the holiday season.
Hayden Fowler, 7, has been processing the loss of his grandfather for about two years, said Yvonne Hill, Hayden's grandmother.
"He told me the other day, he'll keep him in his heart," Hill said.
As he pasted racecar and fire truck stickers onto an ornament, Hayden spoke fondly of the time he and his grandfather spent together.