Overcoming Loss: Activities and Stories to Help Transform by Julia Sorensen

By Julia Sorensen

Overcoming Loss is a photocopiable source that addresses children' feeling of loss, that can come up from altering groups, faculties, relocating condominium, divorce or the dying of a mother or father or grandparent. teenagers are restricted to a vocabulary of vast feelings like 'happy', 'sad' and 'angry', and are frequently not able to articulate their grief in phrases. this may impair their long term emotional development.The actions in Overcoming Loss use the ability of play and artistic arts to provide the grieving baby the language to spot refined emotions, reminiscent of disgrace, depression and jealousy. Designed to motivate social and emotional studying, those workouts hire play, artwork and story-telling to entry the ways that little ones certainly show their emotions, and provides possibilities for folks and execs to direct the kid in the direction of knowing their emotions.Parents, academics, counselors and somebody operating with little ones among the a while of four and eight who're facing a loss will locate this source a pragmatic and potent software.

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42 Copyright © Julia Sorensen 2008 ACTIVITY 9 FEELINGS RAINBOW Activity 9 Feelings rainbow: Expressing your feelings through colors Together we can make a rainbow of colors and name each one of the bands a feeling. You will need crayons, colored pencils, or markers Draw a rainbow in the box on the next page and color each band with one of the feeling colors you chose for the last exercise. For example, if you colored the feeling of anger an orange color, then color one of your rays orange. Copyright © Julia Sorensen 2008 43 OVERCOMING LOSS Draw as many rainbows as you like: 44 Copyright © Julia Sorensen 2008 Part II: Expressive activities Identifying everyday losses OVERCOMING LOSS Activity 10 Saying goodbye is hard to do: Learning about everyday closures Activity 11 Talking about losses of pets or toys: Recognizing, talking about, and drawing pet or toy losses Activity 12 Good memories: Gathering memories Activity 13 Memory boxes: A place to honor Activity 14 New perspectives: A new way to remember and feel 46 Copyright © Julia Sorensen 2008 ACTIVITY 10 SAYING GOODBYE IS HARD TO DO Activity 10 Saying goodbye is hard to do: Learning about everyday closures Note to readers All children and adults experience everyday closures and endings but because we are so used to them, they become part of the normal repertoire of our days.

54 Copyright © Julia Sorensen 2008 ACTIVITY 12 GOOD MEMORIES Activity 12 Good memories: Gathering memories You will need a shoe box, tissue box, or small container to keep your memories in. Saying goodbye for good doesn’t mean that we have to forget the person, animal, or place we left. For this activity, collect small items such as photos, tickets, keepsakes, pictures you have, or the person you are remembering has drawn. Make a memory list of all activities you did together. Gather anything that will fit into your memory shoe box that is special to you and the person, pet, or place you are remembering.

Copyright © Julia Sorensen 2008 49 OVERCOMING LOSS Draw below a time when you had a hard time saying goodbye to someone. Draw as many pictures as you like: 50 Copyright © Julia Sorensen 2008 ACTIVITY 10 SAYING GOODBYE IS HARD TO DO More space for drawing or doodling about your goodbye times: Copyright © Julia Sorensen 2008 51 OVERCOMING LOSS Activity 11 Talking about losses of pets or toys: Recognizing, talking about, and drawing pet or toy losses Note to readers Helping children either experientially or to verbally express the ending or closure can be the vehicle to create new opportunities for further discussion and healing work.

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