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ERIC Number: ED412480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 60
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Death Education and Grief Counseling.
Mille, Nancy A.
This paper explores ways in which school counselors can help young people with death-related concerns. It is often assumed that school counselors have the necessary skills for working with students who experience grief, but most graduate counseling curricula do not require courses in death education; thus, many counselors feel uncomfortable in helping clients deal with death-related concerns. Some of the topics covered in this paper include the changing face of school counseling and the need for counselors to be exposed to death education course work. Some topics for death education are described, along with a chapter-by-chapter analysis of the text "Death and Dying Life and Living," which looks at four different cultural views of death. This text describes the four phases a person must work through and offers advice on how to help children and adolescents cope with issues surrounding dying and death. The paper then describes myths common to grief and mourning, such as the belief that grief and mourning are the same experience. Myths involving children's reactions to death are also examined. Suggestions for grief counseling are offered and ways in which to apply grief counseling principles are provided. Contains 52 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - General
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Language: English
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