Lessons in Grief and Death
Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities in the Healing Process
Facing a death loss is never easy; for a person with a disability, the burden is often greater. But, this burden can be lightened significantly with knowledge-based support and a generous helping of kindness. This book features a three-fold approach:
- A description of the grief counseling process
- Dozens of activities–including art, music, and drama– that can be used to help a person through the grief process
- Nine uplifting stories of real individuals coping with a variety of deaths losses.
Part One Chapter 1. Randy's Story: Lessons for Healing after a Sudden Death Chapter 2. Dominic's Story: Lessons for Healing after the Loss of a Parent Chapter 3. Danny's Story: Creating a Ritual that is Meaningful to the Individual Chapter 4. Danny and Alex's Story: Helping an Individual Deal with the Death of a Child Chapter 5. Debbie's Story: Lessons for Dealing with Extreme Reactions as a Result of Loss Chapter 6. Hurting Times: Lessons for Dealing with Tragic Current Events Chapter 7. Linda's Story: Helping a Staff Person Heal after a Loss Chapter 8. The Senior Group's Story: Lessons for Helping an Individual Heal after the Loss of a Peer Chapter 9. The Day Program's Story: Lessons for Helping a Group Heal after a LossPart Two Effective Techniques for Grief Counseling The Van Dyke Model for Grief Counseling for Persons with DD Appendix A. Living with the Death Experience: Useful Words for Teaching Adults with DD Appendix B. The Life Cycle Suggested ReadingsThese poignant stories are from the lives of real people. They offer valuable lessons about the cycle of life and the power of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to master this deep emotional challenge.