Understanding and Treatment of Grief and Loss in Children and Adolescents



Gemma Costello


Mariann Young
Suzette Finney



This session will focus on understanding the meaning of grief and loss and the ways in which these emotions are expressed.

1. American culture's response to the expression of grief will be explained.
2. Ambiguous loss will be defined and explored as will a child/adolescent's acceptance of loss.
3. Cultural differences and developmental differences in the expression of grief will be discussed.
4. Hope, health and techniques for positive coping will conclude this presentation.

1. The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving, Holland, Debra, M.S. Ph. D. New York: Alpha Books, 2011.
2. http://www.tneel.uic.edu/tneel-ss/demo/grief/outline1.asp (Accessed July 5, 2017)
3. http://www.lapublishing.com/blog/2011/brain-injury-blog-ambiguous-loss/(Accessed Oct. 30,2017)
4. http://www.deathreference.com/Gi-Ho/Grief-and-Mourning-in Cross-Cultural-Perspective (Accessed July 5, 2017)
5. After a Loved One Dies-How Children Grieve. Schonfield, David, M.D. & Quackenbush, Marcia, MS, MFT, CHES. New York: The New York Life Foundation, 2009.



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