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ERIC Number: ED402023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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When Death or Divorce Occur: Helping Children Cope with Loss.
Marta, Suzy Yehl
Parental death or divorce can have serious effects on children. It is important for adults and teachers to provide support and to be available to listen to the child on an age appropriate level. This paper describes the emotional impact of loss on children both when a marriage is ending and when a parent is seriously ill or is recently deceased. The paper describes the five stages of grief experienced after divorce and death: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The paper then describes the outward signs of grief in classrooms, which can include daydreaming, outbursts, declining grades, absenteeism, and incomplete work. The paper provides 20 suggestions for teachers to help ease the discomfort felt by these children, including being sensitive to the child and his lack of a parent, being supportive of the parent's situation, maintaining good communication between the child and parent(s), and maintaining a child's privacy. The paper describes a resource program called RAINBOWS that provides grief support to children and adolescents in their effort to cope with loss. It also describes two curricula programs for elementary aged children and adolescents. The paper contains two appendices listing age level reactions to death and age level reactions to divorce. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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