Some of Hayden's favorite memories: watching fire trucks leave the station near his house; getting hot dogs at Sam's Hot Dog Stand; going for a drive.
"Sometimes we'd just ride the road, see where we'd end up," Hayden said.
Hayden acknowledges his feelings.
"Sometimes I feel a little sad when I see a picture of him," Hayden said as he was comforted by Marla Coleman.
Coleman -- a bereavement counselor at HospiceCare -- told Hayden it's okay to feel sad. Hayden affirmed the notion, responding with "Everybody does."
While kids might have a tough time verbalizing their feelings, Coleman said art is a helpful coping mechanism.
"When they start creating," she said, "the memories come out."
Kids, though, can be resilient when it comes to dealing with stress caused by grief.
"It's amazing to see that [kids] do as well as they do, sometimes better than adults," Ayers said.
The Wallace Grief Support and Education Center focuses on validating grief -- letting kids know the pain they're feeling is a normal response to the death of a loved one.
"This is a new and strange experience for [children]," Dupay said. "Reaching out and getting support by professionals . . . can help develop coping skills and strategies that can carry [children] through their life."
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