Helping children deal with grief and bereavement
This presentation begins with a description of grief and a list of losses: people (by death or moving on), jobs, sense of self, political, and more. It moves onto a discussion of affect tolerance and cultural expressions of grief and stresses the importance of feeling, even if your mates try to shut you down. It then delves into the actual processes of grief, the general stages, including Shock, Anger/Blaming, Sorrow/Depression, Feeling a Bit Better, and Missing-the-Person-But-Over-the-Acute-Grief. It moves on to “Robin’s Rules of Grief”: “It always hurts more than you think it should.” “It always lasts longer than you think it should.” “Avoid it and it will never go away.” “Feel it all and it will move through.” There will be a short section on when to find a professional to help you through the process, and the usefulness of support groups and rituals for grief. The workshop includes audience participation, through polls, questions, and guided imagery. Participants will have handouts of both the Stages and Robin’s Rules of Grief.
What you will learn?
Participants will take in permission to move through all the stages of grief, will know how to support others, and recognize grief when they run into it