by Mary Kelly Perschy, M.S.
This manual is written for adults who are looking to connect with grieving teens. The activities will give you structure to enable teens to reflect upon and talk about their individual concerns.
Teens who have experienced the death of a parent, grandparent, friend or relative often find it difficult to grieve openly. When adults whom teens trust are aware of the cycle of grief, they can provide a safe atmosphere to allow teens to experience the turmoil of the intense and conflicting emotions in order to move toward healing. This book is a valuable guide to help adults connect with grieving teens.
The reader will find background information, along with many specific activities to help teens reflect upon and talk about their particular concerns. There are also ideas for creating a balance as the teen adjusts to the many changes brought by the loss of someone close. Issues of grief are introduced through drawing, molding clay, painting, movement, writing, listening to music, as well as talking in pairs and as a group. This wide variety of activities allows the adults to choose whatever activities are most appropriate for a particular group.
This resource provides busy teachers, counselors, psychologists, hospice personnel, and religious youth workers with the necessary information to work with teens in a group setting or support an individual teen touched by grief. In a less formal setting, this book could serve as a guide for a concerned neighbor or family memeber who already has a rapport with a grieving teen on the healing journey toward wholeness.
141 pages; 8 1/2 X 11;soft bound
- Chapter 1: Teens and the Grieving Process
- Teen Years: Thunderstowms and Tightropes
- The Process of Grief
- The Grieving Teen
- Chapter 2: The Value of a Group in Dealing with Grief
- Why a Group?
- What Type of Group?
- Teen Grief Support: Goal and Objectives
- Using Theses Ideas with an Individual teen
- Chapter 3: Leaders of a Grief Group
- Why Have Co-leaders?
- Chapter 4: Parents' Roles
- How can Parents be Helpful to their Grieving Teens?
- How can Parents be Helpful Also?
- Provide a Parent Group Also
- Chapter 5: Preparation for the Group
- Publicizing the Group
- Interview and Registration
- Don't Forget the Snacks
- Chapter 6: Framework for the Sessions
- Group Design
- The First Two Meetings
- The Middle Meetings
- Closure: SSaying: Good-bye to the Group
- Chapter 7: Helping Teens Connect
- Activity 7.1 Getting to Know You
- Activity 7.2 My Coat of Arms
- Activity 7.3 Questions for Teens
- Activity 7.4 Mirroring
- Chapter 8: Learning About Grief
- Activity 8.1 Helps in Moving Through Your Grief
- Activity 8.2 Choosing to Work Through Your Grief
- Chapter 9: Creating a Balance
- Activity 9.1 Achieving a Balance
- Activity 9.2 Clearing a Space
- Activity 9.3 The Present
- Activity 9.4 The Hot-Air Balloon
- Activity 9.5 How My Life Has Changed
- Activity 9.6 Two Aspects of Grief
- Chapter 10: Grappling With and Moving Through the Pain
- Activity 10.1 No Where to Run
- Activity 10.2 Crazy Grief
- Activity 10.3 Dealing with Anger
- Activity 10.4 Delaing with Guilt
- Activity 10.5 Focusing: Being with feelings in a Caring Way
- Activity 10.6 Expressing Grief Through Visual Arts
- Activity 10.7 Write Through Grief
- Activity 10.8 Expressing Grief Through Music
- Activity 10.9 Memorializing a Loved One in a Fabric Wallhanging or Quilt
- Chapter 11: Remembering the Person Who Died
- Activity 11.1 Telling One's Story
- Activity 11.2 Sharing a Memento
- Activity 11.3 Commemorating a Special Life
- Activity 11.4 Holidays and Grief
- Chapter 12 Completing the Group Wxperience
- Activity 12.1 Support in My Life
- Activity 12.2 Closing Ceremony of Tribute
- Activity 12.3 Reflections about the Group
- Activity 12.4 Saying Good-Bye
- Chapter 13: Evaluation
- Evaluation #1
- Evaluation #2
- Evaluation #3
- Chapter 14 Providing Follow-Up
- Beyong the Group Meetings
- How to Detemine When Additional Help Is Needed
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