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Death of a Friend in Childhood
Diane Snyder Cowan, MA, MT-BC
Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center Cleveland, OH 800-707-8922, www.hospicewr.org

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604 b Snyder Cowan presentation

  1. 1. Death of a Friend in Childhood Diane Snyder Cowan, MA, MT-BC Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center Cleveland, OH, 800-707-8922, www.hospicewr.org
  2. 3. 2005 Statistics <ul><ul><li>11,358 deaths (ages 1-14) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. On Friendship <ul><ul><li>Definition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impact on child’s development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friendship quality </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Preschoolers
  5. 6. Grade School Children <ul><ul><li>For adults </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>That could have been my child </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are no longer play dates at Johnny’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sally is missing at day care </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Pre-teens <ul><ul><li>Forgotten mourners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intermittent grievers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resurfaces </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Disenfranchised Grief and Secondary Losses <ul><ul><li>Partner, classmate, comrade, playmate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help and support in </li></ul></ul><ul><li>everyday activities </li></ul>
  8. 9. Disenfranchised Grief and Secondary Losses <ul><ul><li>Ties to others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Damage to qualities in one’s self </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Security and solace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Validation of </li></ul></ul><ul><li>sense of reality </li></ul>
  9. 10. Disenfranchised Grief and Secondary Losses <ul><ul><li>Planning for the future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gender differences </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Role of the School <ul><ul><li>Sudden Deaths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anticipated deaths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suicide </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. What Can Help… <ul><ul><li>On going assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer support groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rituals </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. What Can Help… <ul><ul><li>Memorializing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legacies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expressive therapies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional counseling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Questions, Criticisms, Witticisms…

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