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It's OK to be sad. Activities to help children aged 4 to 9 to manage loss, grief or bereavement
Sadness, distress, anxiety - whether transient or long-term - can have significant effects on every child but they are invisible and need support. In this resource the author uses stories about 20 different life events to: illustrate the range of feelings; give permission for the expression of feelings; encourage empathy towards others; and demonstrate that loss is a common experience for us all. The book balances an acknowledgement of the need to express sorrow and sadness with an opportunity to consider how to do something that is positive for oneself or helpful to others. It includes a CD Rom and worksheets. The author is a former headteacher of infant and first schools.
Life and loss: a guide to help grieving children
Many clinicians recognize that denying or ignoring grief in children makes them feel alone, and that acknowledging loss is a crucial part of a child’s development. However, dealing with loss in productive ways is often easier said than done. For decades, this book has been the one that clinicians have relied on for a full and nuanced description of the many issues with which grieving children grapple, as well as giving an honest exploration of the interrelationship between unresolved grief, educational success, and responsible citizenry. This book makes a convincing case that children’s grief is no longer restricted to loss-identified children, but is now endemic and global.
Multifaith care for sick and dying children and their families: a multidisciplinary guide
This resource addresses the multi-faith needs of sick and dying children and young people in hospitals and the wider community. Covering Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism, it looks at what knowledge will help healthcare staff offer the best, culturally-appropriate care to sick children and their families. It mentions modesty and hygiene, taboos, food and prohibited products, age-related issues, sacred objects, visitors, and the expectations of the family. It also covers disability and mental health as well as the significance of transitions from childhood to adolescence. It will help all multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, counsellors, chaplains and arts therapists.
Paul Nash et al
Communicating with children when a parent is at the end of life
This book shows how to support children through effective and sensitive communication. It covers types of communication, language, information sharing, and overcoming common barriers. Topics also covered are: developing confidence and skills such as talking, listening, giving children a voice and breaking bad news. The author outlines the concept of a 'communication continuum' which can be used to assess how much a child knows or understands about their parent's illness and how much they would like to know. The book contains case vignettes, practice tips and reflective exercises and is useful for palliative care workers, nurses, social workers, teachers and counsellors – as well as relatives.
Muddles, puddles and sunshine. Your activity book to help when someone has died
This book is a practical and sensitive approach for young bereaved children. Its illustrations show Bee and Bear asking questions and giving advice and suggestions. It includes activities and exercises such as making a papier mache spider and paper volcano, decorating biscuits with faces, growing bulbs and keeping a memory box. It aims to help children make sense of their experiences by reflecting on the different aspects of their grief, while finding a balance between remembering the deceased and having fun as a child. This book is a useful tool for professionals to help the child now and, as it is completed, it will become an invaluable keepsake for them in the years to come.
Music therapy in children's hospices. Jessie’s Fund in actio
Foreword by Victoria Wood, patron. The use of music therapy in children's hospices has grown since its introduction by Jessie's Fund in the mid-90s. This helpful text brings together the experiences of 11 music therapists working with children in the final stages of life-limiting illness. The contributors adapt music therapy to hospice environments and explore key concerns for all practitioners, including how to empower ill children and their families, how to help bereaved siblings, and how the therapists themselves find support. This book is useful for all music therapists working in palliative care and for health care professionals considering introducing music as a therapy.
Mercedes Pavlicevic (ed)