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8 Strategies for Working with Grieving Children
10 CEUs 8 Strategies for Working with Grieving Children

Section 36
Appendix: Client Reproducible Worksheets

Answer Booklet | Table of Contents | Grief CEU Courses
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Techniques for Coping with Denial
Review CD Track 1 for more information regarding these techniques.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to help a grieving child cope with denial.
1. Talk to the child.  Use precise vocabulary.  Be honest.  Answer and ask questions.
2. Educate the child about death. 
3. Observe the child play acting.

Techniques for Coping with Anger
Review CD Track 2 for more information regarding these techniques.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to help a grieving child cope with anger.
1. Encourage your child to engage in more physical activity, which can help reduce negative anger displays.
2. Give the child a tape recorder.
3. The child voices his or her feelings into the tape recorder.
4. The child plays back the recording.
5. The child erases the recording.

The "Identifying Triggers" Technique
Review CD Track 2 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to identify and diffuse triggers.
1. List all obvious triggers.
2. Submit to a line of questioning to uncover any hidden triggers.
3. Discuss and diffuse triggers.

The "Reassigning Responsibility" Technique
Review CD Track 3 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to get relief from guilty feelings.
1. Identify the guilty feeling.
2. Analyze the guilty feeling.
3. Dispute the guilty feeling.
4. Reassign responsibility through proper responsibility placement.

Techniques for Coping with Melancholic Features
Review CD Track 5 for more information regarding these techniques.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to help a grieving child cope with depression.
1. Suggest the child draw a favorite, happy memory.
2. Focus on keepsakes, photographs, or make a scrapbook.

Techniques for Coping with Fear
Review CD Track 6 for more information regarding these techniques.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to provide a grieving child with reassurance regarding fears.
1. Talk to your child about his or her bad dreams.
2. Suggest your child draw his or her bad dreams and then redraw the dream with a ‘happy ending’.
3. Reestablish and avoid disrupting your child’s routines.

The "Balloons" Technique
Review CD Track 6 for more information regarding these techniques.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to help a grieving child overcome fears.
1. Explain the meaning of symbolism to the child.  For example, it is an object that stood for or represented an idea or feeling.
2. Let the child write his or her fears on some helium filled balloons.
3. Explain that by releasing the balloons, the child’s fears will be carried away.
4. Allow the child to release the balloons.
5. Explain the meaning of symbolism again.

Parental Guidelines for Trauma
Review CD Track 9 for more information regarding these guidelines.
Client reviews and utilizes the following guidelines to help traumatized children.
1.  Encourage but don’t force the child to talk. 
2.  Let the child draw about their feelings. 
3.  Let the child play out their feelings. 
4.  Think about helping your child develop memorial rituals. 
5.  Share your feelings of sadness and grief with the child.
6.  Don’t abandon the traumatized child. 
7.  Understand that your need for control may increase due to the trauma. 
8.  Of course, don’t over look the obvious, communicate to the child that he or she is loved and needed.
9.  If it seems appropriate verbally state in specific words the idea that the child was not at fault regarding the trauma.
10. Provide necessary information as the child asks questions. 
11. Maintain the child’s role in the healing process for the rest of the family. 
12. Parents or guardians may naturally rely on children to help them cope. 

The Five Feelings Technique
Review CD Track 10 for more information regarding these techniques.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to foster communication and find out more about a child’s feelings.
1. Introduce the five feelings by holding up your hand with fingers spread.  Moving from one to five, name the five feelings: scared, mad, happy, sad, and lonely.
2. Inventory the child’s feelings, putting any nonverbal reactions into words and restating the child’s verbal indications of how he or she feels.
3. Avoid anticipating or feeding the child answers.
4. Ask clarifying questions.
5. Repeat technique as necessary.

The "I Think, I Feel, I Want" Technique
Review CD Track 12 for more information regarding these techniques.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to become assertive.
1. Help the child create an ‘I think’ statement.
2. Help the child create an ‘I feel’ statement.
3. Help the child create an ‘I want’ statement.
4. Implement the child’s need in an assertive statement which the child can use to later assert him or herself.

Techniques for Delayed Grief Work
Review CD Track 12 for more information regarding these techniques.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures for helping children begin delayed grief work.
1. Talk to your children.
2. Take a trip to the cemetery.
3. Help the child draw his or her feelings if he or she cannot describe them.

A Technique for Reliving an Early Death Experience
Review CD Track 12 for more information regarding these techniques.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to relive an early death experience.
1. Relax.  Deep breathing exercises work well.
2. Focus on life at the age of death experience.
3. Focus on the person who died.
4. Focus on your life during the period directly following the death experience.
5. Think about what parts of your early death experience have influenced your life as an adult.

 
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