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Mourning and Dancing for Schools: A Grief and Recovery Sourcebook for Students, Teachers and Parents [Paperback]

By Sally Miller (Author)
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Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.47" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.77 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2000
Publisher   HCI
ISBN  1558747753  
EAN  9781558747753  

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Grieving expert Sally Downham Miller gives teachers and parents tools to help students mourn and recover from a death in their school.

Led by her work in schools over the past fifteen years helping teachers, administrators, students and parents cope with the deaths of students and some faculty members, Sally Downham Miller has written this guide for parents and teachers to help students deal with the loss of someone close to them.

School is often the locus of students' social lives; a death in this environment can have serious emotional consequences on school-age kids. This book will give parents and teachers a guide to help their children and students.

For the most part, schools have learned how to "do triage," by calling in counselors and providing support through the funeral. While coping with the death, the immediate trauma and the funeral are important; this only allows a scab to form over the wound. The deep healing does not take place in three days or the first few weeks, and finding ways to help people grieve over time is substantially different. The people who work in schools see the effects of grief played out over time. They are the ones who watch helplessly the decline in student learning, health, and involvement. Teachers often are able to pinpoint the exact time when a student begins to decline or to withdraw or to "medicate" themselves against their pain. But, the work of helping students grieve in schools is ongoing: a week later, four months later, years later. It calls on the school to expand its role as a school family, providing a safe place for this work to take place. In this space students can learn to understand what is happening to them instead of only acting out feelings or repressing them, becoming depressed or hurting themselves.

When there is a death in a school, all of us want to do something, but no one wants to do the wrong thing. So usually very little is done. This book provides a plan for effective training on the interventions and on-going work of grief-support teams, that can help restore health and healing after counselors from the surrounding schools go back to their own jobs. Mourning and Dancing for Schools provides a model for this work, stories of the author's interventions with children and schools, and instructions for training a team of people to help students learn to cope with loss. It is a training manual for those in our schools who want to do grief work with students, including teachers, administrators, parents, and community members.

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More About Sally Miller

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sally Miller is a sought-after speaker who is passionate about sharing stories of God's mind-blowing love with women. She has a master's from Northwestern University in Evanston and a bachelor's from Wheaton College. Sally has written several books, including Divine Love: Women Who Have It and How You Can Too, Girl Talk . . . God Talk: What Your Friends Can Teach You About Prayer (Harvest House), and Walk with Me: Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey Together (FaithWalk). She regularly contributes to various magazines including Kyria and Chicago Parent. She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and three children.

Sally Miller currently resides in Coral Springs. Sally Miller was born in 1968.

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Mourning and Dancing  Nov 27, 2000
Mourning and Dancing for Schools is the creation of Sally Downham Miller, an educator and grief counselor. In her work, Miller deals with parents and children after the crisis teams have left. She values crisis counselors and admits the work they do is crucial, but her main focus is how the grief process can take its toll weeks, month and even years after a tragic event. Miller is the type of grief counselor that works in the nation's Columbines when the immediate threat and shock have worn off, precisely when the most painful mourning can occur.

Miller's ideas and philosophies are valuable, but they get lost in this book. The text consists mainly of case studies of children and parents dealing with a death. There is no instructional text until about half way through the book; and even then, the practical advice, on how parents and teachers can help kids grieve, is minimal. The suggestions provide a framework with which to develop a team of individuals willing to work in the long-term process of grief management. Instead of being a complete or comprehensive text describing the mechanics of assisting in the grief process, the book appears to be a companion piece to the author's websites and her work as a speaker. This book is more applicable to a parent or professional collection, but a mature YA with an interest in grief management and community service might be interested in Mourning and Dancing.


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