Grief manual : how to help children and adolescen

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Price-Wright, Tanya M.
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, c2010
The grief manual on how to help children and adolescents is intended as a grief resource for parents, teachers, and other community members. The manual includes a historical review of families and death and dying. The literature review indicated that the Western world has changed how families deal with death and dying. Medical institutions and care facilities have replaced the family role and responsibility of caring for aging family members. The shift in care has resulted in what the literature refers to as an avoidance society. As a result adults may feel a lack of confidence in explaining death and in supporting children and adolescents through the grieving process. The grief manual uses Bowlby’s attachment theory (Bloom, 1985; Bretherton, 1992; McCormick, 1997), Piaget’s cognitive development theory (Bloom, 1985; Broderick & Blewitt, 2003), and Erikson’s stages of social development (Bloom, 1985; Broderick & Blewitt, 2003) as a lens to view childhood social, emotional, and cognitive maturity. Insight into these theories is useful for understanding how children form attachments, cognitively understand, and behave when the death of a loved one occurs. The grief manual includes a literature review, working definitions, the grieving process, themes in childhood grief, developmental stages, parental and other supports, and how the media can affect a child’s understanding of death. The developmental stages presented are ages: (a) 0 to 5 years, (b) 6 to 12 years, and (c) 13 to 18 years. Each developmental stage includes children’s understanding of death, their common reactions to death, and how to reduce the hurt and suffering caused by the death of a loved one
vi, 102 leaves ; 29 cm
Grief in children , Bereavement in children , Grief in adolescence , Bereavement in adolescence , Children and death -- Psychological aspects