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Helping children cope with grief: facing a death in the family
This book is for those who want to help when children are grieving - parents, teachers, nurses, doctors and friends. Topics covered include: terminal illness; sudden death; the death of a sibling; when death is a relief; and other people's attitudes and misunderstandings. This new edition looks at the problems particular to bereaved families of varying cultures, and explores how family dynamics and relationships can influence the grieving process. Much depends on a child's age, family relationships, and a child's own perception of death, but, in favourable circumstances - and even in fairly disordered ones - most children do cope successfully with the death of a close family member.
Letting go! An activity book for young people to support through loss, change, disappointment and grief
This is a ‘Mindful Kids’ activity book for young people that uses creativity to combat negative feelings. They can work through difficult times using writing, craft work and doodling activities with title such as invisible string, tree rings, treasure map and friendly words. The quirky illustrations should keep users entertained and focused as they either work through the book, or simply dip into it for a few minutes of calm colouring. It contains an introduction and notes for grown-ups by the author who is a former primary teacher, head teacher and local authority adviser who retrained as a child and family psychodynamic psychotherapist. It can be a book for a child to work all the way through or as an activity book to use from time to time.
Grief in young children. A handbook for adults
Although young children may not express grief in the same way as older children, this book shows they still need to be supported through loss. Illustrated throughout with case examples, the author explores young children's reactions to death and loss, both immediately after the event and over time. For example, young children may engage in `magic thinking' - the belief that wishing someone would die actually causes death - and this can lead to feelings of guilt. The book considers issues such as how to keep children in touch with their memories, answer their questions, allay their fears and explore their feelings through play. It is essential reading for parents, carers, counsellors and teachers.
Still here with me: teenagers and children on losing a parent Suzanne Sjoqvist
In this book 31 children and young people of all ages talk about the death of a parent. They describe feelings of pain, loss and anger, coping with the embarrassed reactions and silence of others, and the difficulties of rebuilding their lives. But they also share happy and loving memories of their parents, and talk about the importance of remembering while learning to accept their parent's death. The accounts look at a parent’s death from cancer, heart attack and accident as well as through alcoholism, natural disaster, war, suicide, and domestic violence. It will be a source of comfort for young people coping with the death of a parent, and give insights for all parents as well as teachers, social workers and other professionals.
A child's view of grief. A guide for parents, teachers and counsellors
Parents, teachers, and other adults can learn through this concise and caring guide that describes how children and adolescents grieve after someone they love dies. It recognizes that grieving children are especially deserving of an emotional environment of love and acceptance, and includes a historical perspective on children and death. This book helps adults recognize the importance of empathy toward a grieving child, and provides guidelines for involving children in funeral services. These suggestions can assist anyone who wants to help young people better cope with grief so that they can go on to become emotionally healthy adults themselves.
Alan D Wolfelt
Helping your child through bereavement
Bereavement affects a child as deeply as it does an adult and, while nothing can take away the pain of loss, there is a great deal that can be done to help children understand and cope with the confusing thoughts and feelings they are suddenly experiencing. This booklet addresses the many questions that arise for parents and children when someone close has died, offering practical advice on how to deal with grief, and how to help children avoid the long-term distress that can be caused by hidden fears and misconceptions. This booklet is part of a series of resources for parents bringing up a family in a Christian context.
Mary Paula Walsh