Action Plan 2 Supporting the whole family prof annotated(2).pdf - SUPPORTING THE WHOLE FAMILY IN RESPONDING TO LOSS Taking Action Supporting the Whole

Action Plan 2 Supporting the whole family prof annotated(2).pdf

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SUPPORTING THE WHOLE FAMILY IN RESPONDING TO LOSS 1 Taking Action: Supporting the Whole Family in Responding to Loss Walden University Professor Catherine Meier Catonnya Riley July 20, 2017
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SUPPORTING THE WHOLE FAMILY IN RESPONDING TO LOSS 2 Taking Action: Supporting the Whole Family in Responding to Loss Supporting young children can be a challenging task if you are not equipped mentally to handle their questions and assist them with how to process grief. Children are a lot more sensitive than adults, dealing with pain and the loss of a loved one will impact life as they know it and have become accustomed. How the child responds to death highly depends on the child’s age and the relationship to the deceased. Helping families and children cope with a loss should be straightforward and direct. Supporting an Infant When supporting an infant that has experienced a loss, whether temporary or permanent, it is vital that we explain to the child what death is. Young children that may not necessarily be at the talking stage can sense a loss of an adult (Infant, n.d.). Babies are so young and therefore will not understand the concept of death. Babies react to the emotions and behaviors of the adults in their life and any disruptions in their nurturing and schedule (Children’s Developmental Stages, n.d.). In my experience, when my Father passed away, my son at the time was very irritable and cried a lot. I knew he did not understand what was going on because, even now, he does not remember my Father; however, at the time, he was responding to how I was dealing with the grief of my father passing away. According to some experts, the most helpful way to assist an infant with grief is by restoring their sense of safety and maintaining their routine (Infant and Toddler Grief, n.d.). Supporting a Toddler It seems that I have more than enough experience in dealing with death. Approximately seven years ago my niece was murdered. Her children, my great nieces, and nephew were only
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SUPPORTING THE WHOLE FAMILY IN RESPONDING TO LOSS 3 toddlers, and our family had to help them cope with their grief. One of the older little girls was standing by her Mother’s side when she was shot and killed. As you can imagine, she did not talk much about the incident (she was only 3) but, every now and again she would say “he put fire to my Mommy.” This young child witnessed the death of her Mother by her Mother’s ex- boyfriend.
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