Many students today have experienced significant losses, from the death of a loved one to their parents' divorce, major life changes, friendship and relationship losses, illness or injury, and the list goes on. Most people are not taught directly how to deal with loss or what the stages of grief or steps in the grieving process actually involve. Facilitating a grief and loss support group helps students cope with what's happening now, and it also offers them tools they can use to cope with future losses.
The Grief and Loss Support Group Facilitator's Manual contains everything a group leader needs to facilitate a 10-week grief and loss support group for students or clients ages 12 to adult. The manual includes step-by-step activities, detailed lesson plans, handouts, support group guidelines, tips for effective group facilitation, a sample group flyer and parent permission slip, and ASCA standards for those who are facilitating a school-based support group.
The group sessions include a discussion of different types of losses, a loss checklist, the five stages of grief, five steps to take in addressing a loss, unsent letter templates, grab bag questions, and suggestions for creating a collage or other artwork to facilitate the healing process. For those who already own my earlier resource book, Tools For Your Emotional Health Toolbox, this manual includes updated lesson plans, standards, handouts, and an easier-to-read font for all materials.
Below is the table of contents for this manual, including the outline of each week's activities and two appendices with additional resources for this specific group and for school support groups in general.
Overall Group Objectives
Summary of Activities
ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors Specific to this Group
Guidelines for Support Groups
Tips for Effective Group Facilitation
Grief and Loss Support Group Lesson Plans and Activities
Session 1: Introduction to Group / Dealing with Loss
Session 2: Loss Checklist
Session 3: Stages of Grief
Session 4: Loss Survey / Introduction to Loss Packet
Session 5: Loss Packet, Step 1: Tell the Story
Session 6: Loss Packet, Step 2: Explore the Meanings of the Loss
Session 7: Loss Packet, Step 3: Identify What Feels Unfinished
Session 8: Loss Packet, Step 4: Honor What Was, and Take Steps Toward Closure
Session 9: Loss Packet, Step 5: Celebrate What You Get to Keep/Create Collages
Session 10: Share Collages/Group Closure
Grief and Loss Support Group Survey (Students)
Grief and Loss Support Group Survey (Parents/Guardians)
Appendix A: Additional Resources for Grief and Loss Support Groups
Additional Unsent Letter Templates
Suggestions for an Ongoing Grief and Loss Support Group
Grab Bag Questions (Overview)
Grab Bag Questions About Grief and Loss
Appendix B: More Support Group Resources
Twenty Steps to Setting Up an Effective School Support Group
Sample Support Group Flyer
Sample Parent Permission Slip
Five Stages of Group Development
Full List of ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors
Additional Resources and Susan Hansen’s Contact Information
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