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The Forgotten Mourners : Guidelines for Working with Bereaved Children Second Edition - Margaret Pennells

The Forgotten Mourners

Guidelines for Working with Bereaved Children Second Edition

Paperback Published: 1st July 1999
ISBN: 9781853027581
Number Of Pages: 112

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In this second edition, Susan Smith raises awareness of the sensitive issues involved in relating to and assisting bereaved children. It contains additional information on secondary losses involved in bereavement and the effects of traumatic bereavement, not covered in the first edition. Smith begins by outlining how children grieve in the same way adults grieve - with the same range of emotions from feelings of shock and disbelief to numbness, despair, anger and guilt. Because children find it difficult to identify their emotions verbally, their reactions are often expressed through their behaviour. She lists common behaviours in bullet form, including health and school behaviours. These are followed by a description of feelings typical of children experiencing grief: guilt, anger, confusion, fear, anxiety, helplessness and relief. Based on developmental theories, Smith outlines typical reactions of children in age groups 0-2 years, 2-5 years, 5-9 years and 9-12 years as well as the reactions of adolescents. Smith recommends giving children the opportunity to talk about the event as soon as possible to reduce the potential of emotional blocking. Because experienceing a parental murder is exceptionally difficult, a special section is devoted to this. The chapters following are devoted to explaining what adults do to support and asssist grieving children. The book concludes with an outline of the types of serrvices that exist for helping children cope with grief, including family work, group and individual work.

Acknowledgementp. 6
Introductionp. 9
How Children Grievep. 12
Traumatic Bereavementp. 25
Secondary Losses in Bereavementp. 36
What Do Children Need?p. 49
What Can Adults Do?p. 60
What Can Schools and Teachers Do?p. 70
What Can Social Workers Do?p. 81
Working with Bereaved Childrenp. 88
Guidelines for Effective Copingp. 97
Referencesp. 103
Resourcesp. 105
Indexp. 109
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ISBN: 9781853027581
ISBN-10: 1853027588
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1st July 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised