For Any Adult Working With Children (Parents, Caregivers, Teachers, etc.)
4 Sessions, each session is 2 hours
Unfortunately, most children will experience grief and loss before entering adulthood. Some forms of loss that a child could experience include divorce, death in the family, pet loss, moving, and bullying. As parents, teachers, caregivers, and adults, it is our responsibility to be aware of the signs, emotions, and reactions a child may exhibit in response to grief. The vast majority of parents find themselves at a loss when trying to help their children deal with any painful, grief-inducing experience. This 4-week program is designed to teach parents, and others who work with children, the necessary tools to help children effectively deal with the pain of loss, no matter what type of loss they are facing.
Most parents want to do whatever they can to protect their children from painful moments and events that might touch their lives. In trying to “protect” them however, we often do not realize that we are inadvertently passing onto our children, the same bits of “misinformation” that we learned as children, on how to deal with grief and loss.
Grief is emotional, not logical.
Stop and think for a moment about what you may or may not have learned about how to cope with emotionally painful events when you were a child. The chances are that your parents gave you a list of logical sounding reasons why you should not feel sad. Did any of those reasons honestly make you feel any better? Probably not! The problem is that grief is emotional, not logical.
More likely than not, you simply learned to hide those painful feelings deep inside, rather than express them, because no matter what anyone said, you never really felt any better! This is not because your parents or elders were trying to pass on misinformation to you. They were simply passing onto you the same things they were told as children!