As the important of emotional literacy is better established in schools as a prerequisite for improving achievement, the PSHE and Citizenship curriculum is increasingly used to offer young people opportunities to express and manage their feelings. This book, by two experienced and talented authors, has been derived from their research and practical work with teenagers. The aim is to provide students aged 11 to 18 with an opportunity to:
Understand about grief, loss and death; Recognize, manage and express the range of feelings associated with grief, loss and death; Learn more about the afterlife beliefs, death rituals and funeral customs of major world religions; Promote mental health and resilience
Most important is the emphasis on the development of emotional literacy skills and specifically the development of an emotional vocabulary, empathy, tolerance and resilience. The focus on death and loss and the process of grieving is central to the course. The way in which the supporting materials are illustrated and designed for easy differentiation is also a key feature.
Facilitator notes, copiable activities and all resources are provided for the twelve sessions, which can be delivered to either the whole class or to smaller groups of students.
- Session 1: Understanding Loss
- Session 2: Divorce and Separation
- Session 3: Belonging
- Session 4: A Matter of Life and Death
- Session 5: Facts and Figures
- Session 6: Beliefs and Customs
- Session 7: Feelings and Thoughts
- Session 8: Questions and Answers
- Session 9: The Grief Cycle
- Session 10: Support and Communication
- Session 11: Remembering and Celebrating
- Session 12: Review