Children and Grief Film Reivew

“Children and Grief” film review from the March/April 2014 issue of Well Being Journal

“This DVD explores the issues surrounding grief, as well as factors that can help a person, especially a child, move through it. Children tell their stories of losing a loved one in this ne DVD titled Children and Grief.  Viewers hear about their grief and loss, and how they are coping and healing. These children have experienced a life-changing event, yet they manage to tell their stories with a sense of strength and resilience. Their advice for other children who have lost a loved one is honest, sincere, and heartfelt. One boy used his cat as a sounding board; talking to it and being alone with it helped him deal with his feelings. Others had their own ways of coping or processing, including sleeping, playing video games, remembering or looking at photos of good times together, talking about their loss with friends, and playing with a dog or puppy. Their advice to others who have experienced the death of a loved one: Let it out– talk with others about your loss and tell them how you feel; it’s ok to cry because it gets the sadness out of you’ it can be hard sometimes, but don’t worry, just be happy “the way you usually were”; and, “remember often that someone can be in your life one day and gone the next.”

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