Children & Adolescents Experiencing Grief: A Resource List
Malone, P (2007) The Impact of Peer Death on Adolescent Girls: A Task-Oriented Group Intervention, Journal of Social Work in End of Life & Palliative Care, 3 (3), 23-37.
Adolescents' exposure to death is high, with approximately 40% of adolescents reporting past year death of a peer. Each of the estimated annual 14,000 deaths of adolescents has an impact on friends, classmates, and peers, with adolescent girls experiencing more peer deaths within a one year time frame than boys. Much of the literature focuses on parent or sibling death but little on the death of a peer. The sudden and unexpected nature of adolescent deaths appears to be a common experience that deeply affects adolescent girls and puts them at risk for a wide range of negative physical, emotional, social, and cognitive outcomes. The author outlines a task-oriented group intervention that meets the developmental, emotional, cognitive, and gender-specific needs of adolescent girls grieving the death of a peer.
Wolfelt, A. D. (2004). The understanding your grief support group guide. Fort Collins, Colorado: Companion Press.
This book is for caregivers who want to lead an effective grief support group. It explains how to get a group started and how to keep it running smoothly once it’s underway. The leader’s roles and responsibilities are explored in detail, including communication skills, trust building and handling problems.
Worden, J. W. (2009). Grief counselling and grief therapy. New York: Springer Publishing Company, LLC.
Rainbows’ website has a wide variety of downloadable resources for working with particular groups of young people experiencing loss. The resources and links sections have multiple resources available for order or download.
The Bailey’s Hope Society website includes program dates, application procedures and downloads (including those for Camp Dragonfly) a variety of links, grief rights, volunteer options and well as the Society’s vision and mission.
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