Interview On Loss & Death. Throughout This Semester, We

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Interview on Loss & Death Throughout this semester, we have learned about death as both a process and an event. Much of the information has come from Death & Dying, Life & Living (Corr & Corr, 2012), which offers a fairly comprehensive look at death, dying, and bereavement. This textbook has taught about death and dying from many perspectives, including the legal, philosophical, psychological, and social aspects of it. We began the semester by looking at our own history of loss and how it has impacted our attitude towards death. To continue extending our study outside of the classroom, we were instructed to discuss loss, grief, and bereavement experiences with someone we do not personally know well. This was quite a learning…show more content…
Although self-disclosure is sometimes discouraged in counseling, in this case it was important for a few reasons. One is because for a young adolescent, as this boy was, a close family death may be the biggest or one of the most traumatic events of their lifetime so far and she wanted to help him see that it was a difficult but not abnormal life experience. Second, sometimes children need to be given permission to talk about such events and know it is ok to admit difficulty in coping. Finally, then when he asked about what she did to cope with it, it provided an opportunity to model and teach appropriate grief and coping behaviors, which our textbook (Corr & Corr, 2012) states is a common need of bereaved children. She shared with me about a support she recently learned about that could help him or other children she works with in the future. In Indianapolis, Brooke’s Place offers support groups and counseling for children and adolescents dealing with grief and loss. This supportive and safe environment seems to embody much of what Corr and Corr (2012) suggests children need when facing grief and loss. This resource may be helpful not only for her professionally in the future, but also for me, as I hope to work with children or families in my career. When we were not talking about our professional role as social workers working with children, Katrina spent a good amount of our time together talking about how she has been struggling lately with helping her

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