We are so happy to share the recent review of Professor Child’s “Children and Grief” video from the September/October issue of Video Librarian.
Children and Grief: Children Teaching Children About Grief
This video features 10 children (ages4-to-14) who share their feelings about losing a loved one in a series of interviews that cover several aspects of death. The program is divided into 10 sections, with each child speaking briefly about subjects such as worries and challenges related to grief, and strategies for coping. Their stories cover a wide range of feelings: one boy talks about how he worried that he wouldn’t get new clothes anymore because his mom used to buy them for him, while a toddler remembers having fun putting clips in her daddy’s hair. The kids offer advice and thoughts about their own experiences adjusting to life without someone they love. Most of the subjects here have lost family members–particularly parents–to illness. Interviews with a boy whose brother died in a traffic accident and girl who talks about a grandfather who passed away from natural causes offer useful perspectives on significantly different situations. All of the kids share a photo of the person they are discussing, personal details about how they celebrate the memory of that individual, and comments about their own dreams for the future. A powerful program that could help encourage hope and healing in other youngsters suffering from loss and sadness, this is highly recommended.
Aud:P. (K. Curver)