ERIC Number: ED314650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Bereaved Children: A Booklet for School Personnel.
Osterweis, Marian; Townsend, Jessica
This booklet was designed to help school personnel make good use of their opportunities for helping bereaved children directly as well as helping others in the classroom who may have concerns about death upon hearing of another child's loss. It provides necessary information for teachers on how children view death and the nature of bereavement responses, including what behavior changes are likely to occur, what anxieties a child may be experiencing, what responses may be helpful, and what to avoid. The difference between manifestations of grief that are considered within the normal range and those indicating the need for consultation with a mental health professional is explained. The first section of the booklet describes adults' reactions to bereavement. This section is included to provide school personnel with some insight into the home situation experienced by bereaved children. The next section looks at children's reactions, describing the behaviors associated with grieving children and some of their underlying thoughts, anxieties, and fantasies. Suggested ways of helping children and factors that make some children vulnerable are discussed. References are included; information on support groups is appended. (NB)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Institute of Medicine (NAS), Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see CG 022 178-179.