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Children--Counseling of; Grief in children; Bereavement in children; Child psychology;


It is estimated that one out of six children will lose a parent by eighteen (Dutton, 1999). Ninety percent of junior and seniors in high school have experienced loss associated with death, forty percent the death of a friend, and twenty percent have witnessed a death (Dutton, 1999). Children and adolescents are exposed to grief, but they are not equipped to handle the grief process. This paper discusses the many experiences children and adolescents go through when dealing with a loss. It discusses how these experiences are different than that of adults and why it is so important to acknowledge the grieving child or adolescent. It focuses on the school counselors' role to educate staff on the grieving process in order to help the school community become a safe and supportive environment for the grieving student. It also focuses on how it is important for school counselors' to employ a multicultural perspective in the area of death and grief and how this aspect can impact how one works with a grieving client.

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Master of Arts in Education


Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Michael D. Waggoner


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