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COPING WITH GRIEF SERIES (3 Programs)
When someone dies, life for those people close to them will never be the same. This series consists of three programs - one dealing with grief in the family, one for young children under the age of five and another for teenagers.
GRIEF IN THE FAMILY
Bereavement is particularly hard for families. At a time when children are in need of extra support, so are their parents. This program looks at the ways children and young people respond to grief and what the adults around them can do to help. Gives parents an insight into the process of grieving, its physical and emotional effects and the special needs of children and young people. Shows families from a wide range of backgrounds dealing with bereavement. It offers practical advice to parents who need to learn how to find support for themselves, while helping their children to express their feelings and handle confusing emotions. Stressing the importance of listening to children and answering their questions honestly, it encourages the development of communication and a supportive family environment. 14 minutes
NOT TOO YOUNG TO GRIEVE
When someone dies, children under five have feelings just as strong as those of older people. Although they are unable to communicate or understand fully what is happening, they will be deeply affected by the loss of a parent, sister or brother. At the same time, those looking after them are also likely to be suffering from grief and shock. This program looks at the ways very young children respond to grief and what the adults around them can do to help. It gives parents an insight into the child's grieving process, its physical and emotional effects and the various needs of babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Offers practical advice to parents about ways of comforting and supporting a bereaved child who may be experiencing anxiety, sleep difficulties, guilt, sadness, regression, withdrawal or physical illness. Stressing the importance of talking honestly and simply to children about death, it encourages the development of communication and a supportive family. Designed for parents, care providers, nursery workers and all those working with families and bereaved children. It is suitable for viewing at home and also for use in parenting education, bereavement support, and professional and voluntary training. 15 minutes
Teenagers already have to cope with huge changes in themselves and their lives, and adjusting to the death of a close friend or family member at the same time may feel like too much for them to handle. For parents whose children are starting to look grown up and to behave independently, it can be difficult to know when they need to be left to deal with things on their own and when they need support. Teenagers often keep quiet about their intense feelings and they may become anxious or aggressive. This program contains six separate episodes about young people, from a wide range of backgrounds, facing different kinds of bereavement; Adam's grandmother is elderly and dies in the hospital; Emily's mother dies after a long illness; Nasreen's father has a sudden, fatal heart attack; Marcus sees his sister killed in a road accident; Laura loses a friend through suicide; Nathan's mother is murdered by her ex-boyfriend. 13 minutes