Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.
Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- define 'grief'
- distinguish between grief, bereavement, and mourning
- summarize the Parkes/Bowlby Attachment Model of Bereavement
- explain the differences between the stages of grief in children and adults
1.5 to 2 hours
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- A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
- The Parkes/Bowlby Attachment Model of Bereavement
- Begin by asking the class to think of a time when they have grieved.
- What was the process of grieving like?
- Did you feel the same the entire time, or were there changes as time passed?
- Play the video lesson Grief and Bereavement: Patterns of Bereavement & Stages of Grief, pausing it at 1:09.
- Is 'bereavement' the same as 'grief'? Why or why not?
- How is 'mourning' different from both of these?
- Looking back at the situations we brought to mind at the start of the lesson, did they involve grief, bereavement, and mourning? Why or why not?
- Play the video lesson again, pausing it this time at 2:05.
- Raise your hand if you have experienced the death of a loved one?
- For those who raised their hands, did you feel any of the reactions listed by the Parkes/Bowlby Attachment Model of Bereavement?
- What is meant by numbness?
- How does it feel to yearn for something or someone?
- What is despair?
- Play the video lesson. Pause it at 3:54.
- Does everyone grieve the way Jay did with the loss of his dog?
- Was it necessary for Jay to experience each reaction as he grieved the loss of his dog?
- How might grief manifest differently in children versus in adults?
- Play the remainder of the video lesson for the class now.
- What is meant in the video lesson when it is stated that babies lack the cognitive capacity to understand death?
- Why is it so important for infants to form new attachments following a death?
- What can be done to help children deal with death?
- Is death the only factor that can cause someone to face grief?
- Review the stages of grief with the class before continuing.
- Pass out the worksheet to the class now, one copy per student.
- Instruct the students to work independently to complete the worksheet.
- When all students have finished the worksheet, review each question and answer with the class as students correct their papers.
- Divide the students into small groups of two or three students.
- Instruct each of the groups to work together to plan a skit to illustrate the stages of grief using what they learned from the video lesson. The students should begin by choosing a scenario that would induce grief. Next, they should exemplify the stages of grief as they might occur in response to the scenario. Each student must play an active part in the skit.
- When each group has planned their skit, have them take turns performing them for the class.
- What do these skits teach us about the stages of grief?
- Give students written scenarios showing a grieving individual and ask them to identify the stage of grief that is exemplified.
- Invite a grief counselor to speak to the class about the stages of grief.
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