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ERIC Number: ED451466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Grieving the Death of a Friend: The Stages of Grieving a Teenager's Suicide.
Mulroy, Kevin; Quitugua, Jezerae; Gil, Liezl San
The process of grief following the suicide of a peer is a difficult problem for adolescents and cannot be equated with how an adult might experience it. The theoretical concern in this paper was that teenagers in Guam might demonstrate a different attitude toward openly communicating their feelings and thoughts about such a sensitive topic as suicide. A workshop was developed to help these adolescents effectively deal with the process of grieving after a classmate's death. The workshop began with 25 questions meant to evoke emotions leading to demonstrations of the students' feelings and a description of the events that brought about those feelings. The one issue that did not arise is that close friends of teenagers who commit suicide are often blamed by the parents of the deceased for some part in their child's suicide. The counselor concluded the workshop by suggesting to the students that positive action be taken to honor the memory of their classmate. An opportunity was given to students to put into writing something affirming about their friend and samples of their writings are included in the appendix. The workshop provided a means of reaching the adolescents that involved cooperation and consultation between a responsible adult and some student leaders. (Contains 4 appendixes and 2 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Guam