ERIC Number: ED259239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Coping with the Ultimate Change, Death of a Family Member: A Support Group for Bereaved Adolescents.
Furman, Janice; Pratt, Judith
This paper describes a group counseling model for bereaved adolescents, which was designed to enhance awareness of grief issues among adolescents and to provide guidelines for addressing those needs in a group setting. The decision to develop a support group for bereaved students is reviewed and the steps taken by a Fairfax County, Virginia secondary school to implement the group are outlined. Interviews with students as potential group members were held and parental permission was requested. The first meeting of the group is a time to establish group norms and for members to describe the deaths they have experienced. The second meeting is the time to share keepsakes and mementos. The next 11 sessions, grouped into an integration phase, a group functioning and maintenance phase, and the termination phase are detailed. Issues addressed in the sessions include unfinished business, role changes in the family, changing traditions and special occasions, dating and remarriage of a surviving parent or adoption of a new sibling, dreams, financial stress, and the possible death of self or other parent. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Support Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Social Workers (New Orleans, LA, January 31-February 3, 1985).