Why Did You Die? Activities to Help Children Cope with Grief and Loss

ISBN-10: 1572246049
ISBN-13: 9781572246041
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Childswork/Childsplay
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

When loved ones die, children are faced with a kaleidoscope of feelings, thoughts, myths and questions. Struggling with these issues can be overwhelming without guidance, support and creative forms of expression. This bereavement book will help children, parents and other adults communicate about death and the grieving process. It begins with a section for adults, describing children's grief responses. Taking an art therapy approach, the activities then move children through the issues they must eventually confront. In a direct yet non-threatening manner, """"Why Did You Die"""" can help children learn, grow and continue to thrive. XX simple, effective activities to help children: Express difficult feelings; Separate myths from facts; Grow and thrive after the loss of a loved one.

Ellen B. Goldring is professor of education policy and leadership at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, where she won the Alexander Heard Distinguished Professor award. Her areas of expertise and research focus on improving schools, with particular attention to educational leadership and access and equity in schools of choice. She is the immediate past coeditor of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis . She serves on numerous editorial boards, technical panels, and policy forums, and is the coauthor of three books, including Principals of Dynamic Schools (Corwin Press), as well as hundreds of book chapters and articles. Goldring is currently working on a project funded by the Wallace Foundation to develop and field-test an education leadership assessment system and establish its psychometric properties. She is also conducting experiments to study professional development and performance feedback for school leaders. She is an investigator at the National Center on School Choice and the Learning Sciences Institute at Vanderbilt. Goldring received her PhD from the University of Chicago.

To Parents
Grief and Developmental Stages
How Children Grieve
Complicated and Traumatic Grief
Dear Kids
Everything Changes
Changes You Can Control and Changes You Can't
How You See Yourself and How Others See You
You Have Many Feelings
Your Life Is a Journey
You Have a Support System
Every Family Is Unique
A Special Place Can Feel Good
A Gift from Your Loved One
Everything Has a Life Span
There Are Many Causes of Death
How Your Loved One Died
Special Things You Did with Your Loved One
What Your Loved One Enjoyed
The Idea of Death Looks Different to Each of Us
Illnesses, Accidents, and Natural Events
Death Stops the Body from Working
This Death Was Not Your Fault
The Funeral Service
People Give Gifts to Show They Care
A Place People Go to Remember
Beliefs About What Happens After Death
Keeping a Feeling of Togetherness
Feelings of Grief Can Change
People Grieve Differently
Wishing Things Could Be Different
Times You Think About Your Loved One
Pretending to Be a Superhero
It's Okay to Play
Sharing Your Worries
When You Feel Angry
Some Things Change and Some Remain the Same
You Will Always Be You
Taking Something to the Place You Remember Your Loved One
Things You Wish You Had Said
Honoring the Memory of Your Loved One
Memories Are Important
Sharing Memories with Others
Life Has Ups and Downs
Taking Care of Yourself

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