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Supporting Young People Coping with Grief, Loss and Death

Supporting Young People Coping with Grief, Loss and Death

  • Deborah Weymont
  • Tina Rae - Tina Rae Well Being Training and Consultancy, Professional and Academic Tutor, University of East London

June 2006 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
As the important of emotional literacy is better established in schools as a prerequisite for improving achievement, the PSHE and Citizenship curriculum is increasingly used to offer young people opportunities to express and manage their feelings. This book, by two experienced and talented authors, has been derived from their research and practical work with teenagers. The aim is to provide students aged 11 to 18 with an opportunity to:
  • Understand about grief, loss and death
  • Recognize, manage and express the range of feelings associated with grief, loss and death
  • Learn more about the afterlife beliefs, death rituals and funeral customs of major world religions
  • Promote mental health and resilience

Most important is the emphasis on the development of emotional literacy skills and specifically the development of an emotional vocabulary, empathy, tolerance and resilience. The focus on death and loss and the process of grieving is central to the course. The way in which the supporting materials are illustrated and designed for easy differentiation is also a key feature.

Facilitator notes, copiable activities and all resources are provided for the twelve sessions, which can be delivered to either the whole class or to smaller groups of students.

Psychological Effects of Loss and Bereavement Death
Emotional Literacy and Mental Health
How to Use the Programme - Notes for Facilitators
Session 1: Understanding Loss
Session 2: Divorce and Separation
Session 3: Belonging
Session 4: A Matter of Life and Death
Session 5: Facts and Figures
Session 6: Beliefs and Customs
Session 7: Feelings and Thoughts
Session 8: Questions and Answers
Session 9: The Grief Cycle
Session 10: Support and Communication
Session 11: Remembering and Celebrating
Session 12: Review

'This book provides an excellent resource for secondary schools to be used in supporting young people coping with grief, loss and death'- Educational Psychology in Practice.

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