Coping strategies and interventions to help students through the grief process in the K-12 school system : a practical plan

Gale, Gary (1998) Coping strategies and interventions to help students through the grief process in the K-12 school system : a practical plan. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The death of a young child or an adolescent is considered to be devastating for all of those involved. Therefore, support systems are vital in facilitating grief work with the child and the adolescent. One such support system that should play a major role in dealing with the death of a student is the K-12 school system. No doubt major studies are occurring in the area, however, in spite of these efforts more work needs to be done and our schools need to be more proactive rather than reactive in their approach. This can be done by including death education as part of the regular curriculum and by training educators and significant others to help children and adolescents through the grief process. -- Chapter one of this paper folio provides an overview of each folio as well as the purpose and significance of each. -- Chapter two provides theoretical explanations of grief and models of grief resolution. This helps provide grief workers with a conceptual frame of reference from which to work. -- Chapter three represents an eclectic approach, based on theory and practical interventions to help students through the grief process, in particular the initial phase, in the K-12 system. A detailed list of intervention strategies and guidelines is provided. -- Chapter four uses the information presented in the first two papers to present a manual or practical plan to deal with the grief that accompanies the death of a student in the K-12 system. -- Collectively, this paper folio provides educators and other significant individuals that work with students in the K-12 system, valuable information to help in the grief process when the tragic death of a student occurs.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/910
Item ID: 910
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 107-114
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1998
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Children and death; Teenagers and death; Grief in children

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