Sunday, May 5, 2013

DVD REVIEW: Children Teaching Children about Grief

Children Teaching Children about Grief,  produced by Professor Child, is a DVD that approaches the topic of grief with ten children who have lost a loved one.  We learn the stories of these lovely children in their own words, along with their fears, challenges, advice and hope for the future.  

There are 10 chapters on the DVD:
  1. My Story
  2. What Grief Means
  3. Worries and Challenges
  4. What has Helped
  5. Advice
  6. Life After Death
  7. Celebrate and Remember
  8. What I Have Learned
  9. Hopes and Dreams
  10. I Am
These chapters could be played one at a time, allowing for time to ponder on the topic and share feelings.

The DVD is well made and graphically pleasing.  The children include both boys and girls of various ages, probably between the ages of 5 and 14, who share their experience in their own words.  They express the fears they had along the way, ways that they coped and demonstrate their resiliency and hope for the future.  They reassure viewers that it is "okay to cry" and "okay to feel sad" and most importantly "okay to feel whatever you want."  

I feel that children who are experiencing loss could easily relate to the children in the video.  I think it would help them to realize that they are not alone and that their feelings are okay.  I even think they would be more apt to listen to the advice the children in the video give more readily than listening to a counselor or other adult.  Children relate to children more easily than adults.

This video can be purchased at www.professorchild.com in either DVD or digital download format.   Both also come with a free companion workbook with many discussion questions and creative companion exercises for the DVD.  The 48-page workbook has excellent activities for children working through grief.  Some activities are geared towards younger children, some older and some that would easily be appropriate for both. 

This is a great resource for teachers, school counselors or counselors working with children and grief.  Quite honestly, I think it would also be a nice resource for parents to use with their own children.

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