Adolescent bereavement

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Kozlowski, Ryszard
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2002
Bereavement is a state or feeling of loss. At some point in everyone's life, tragedy occurs, triggering feelings of bereavement. The adolescent's experience with bereavement is unique from other age groups for a number of reasons. This document examines the research describing adolescent bereavement and exposes some of the myths maintained by our North American culture regarding the adolescent grieving process. Adolescence is an extremely exciting period of change and development for an individual. With these developments, there are issues the adolescent must face. These issues, when combined with bereavement complicate the lifestyle of the adolescent and become compounded when influenced by society's myths. These circumstances may lead to reducing the care shown to a bereaved adolescent and without this needed attention, an adolescent's unchecked grief can lead to a decline in their emotional and physical well being. One of the primary purposes of this document is to communicate bereavement issues to the adolescent. The two literary forms chosen to convey this information is a comic book in combination with a storybook. Using these two formats, it is the aim of this writer to motivate the adolescent to reflect on their loss and foster within the adolescent an understanding and an acceptance of their bereavement. When an adolescent acquires an understanding of bereavement, they are more inclined to explore the resources available to them. The concluding section of this document offers the bereaved adolescent a variety of readily accessible resources. Through such resources the adolescent is extended an offer of hope and the healing process is initiated.
vii, 95 leaves ; 29 cm. --
Teenagers and death , Children and death , Bereavement in adolescence , Bereavement in children , Grief in children , Grief in adolescence