Helping people with developmental disabilities mourn : practical rituals for caregivers

By: Markell, Marc A.
Publisher: Fort Collins, CO Companion Press 2005Description: viii, 81 p. : 22 cm.ISBN: 1879651467.Subject(s): INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY | MOURNING | DEATH | LOSS | BEREAVEMENT
Contents:
Foreword|Preface|About the terminology in this book|Introduction|Ritual 1: Use of photographs in ritual|Ritual 2: Using storytelling ritual|Ritual 3: Use of memory objects in ritual|Ritual 4: Use of a plant (or tree) in ritual|Ritual 5: Use of drawing in ritual|Ritual 6: Use of music in ritual|Ritual 7: Use of writing in ritual|Ritual 8: Use of stones in ritual|Ritual 9: Use of photos of the death process|Ritual 10: Use of space & location in ritual|Ritual 11: Use of daily objects in ritual|Ritual 12: Use of daily memory in ritual|Ritual 13: Use of packing up belonging in ritual|Ritual 14: Use of a pendant or ornament in ritual|Ritual 15: Use of a heart picture in ritual|Ritual 16: Use of light in ritual|Ritual 17: Use of burying an object in ritual|Ritual 18: Use of a memory gift in ritual|Ritual 19: Use of play-doh in ritual|Ritual 20: Use of food in ritual|Final thoughts
Summary: "When people with developmental disabilities experience the death of a significant person in their lives, they are often excluded from rituals that can help them mourn and heal. And when they are included in funerals and other death rituals, their special cognitive needs are often not met."Review: Little rituals can help make sense of feelings, especially if the person does not easily communicate in words. This little book provides 20 examples of practical ways to assist someone to come to terms with the loss of a friend or loved one though simple activities and rituals, adapted for a person with learning difficulties. This book may give staff, families and caregivers ideas they can adapt to a person they know; eg. • using memory objects to help a person mourn • using storytelling in a ritual • using food in a ritual. Most of the examples relate to children and young people, but can easily be adapted.
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Foreword|Preface|About the terminology in this book|Introduction|Ritual 1: Use of photographs in ritual|Ritual 2: Using storytelling ritual|Ritual 3: Use of memory objects in ritual|Ritual 4: Use of a plant (or tree) in ritual|Ritual 5: Use of drawing in ritual|Ritual 6: Use of music in ritual|Ritual 7: Use of writing in ritual|Ritual 8: Use of stones in ritual|Ritual 9: Use of photos of the death process|Ritual 10: Use of space & location in ritual|Ritual 11: Use of daily objects in ritual|Ritual 12: Use of daily memory in ritual|Ritual 13: Use of packing up belonging in ritual|Ritual 14: Use of a pendant or ornament in ritual|Ritual 15: Use of a heart picture in ritual|Ritual 16: Use of light in ritual|Ritual 17: Use of burying an object in ritual|Ritual 18: Use of a memory gift in ritual|Ritual 19: Use of play-doh in ritual|Ritual 20: Use of food in ritual|Final thoughts

"When people with developmental disabilities experience the death of a significant person in their lives, they are often excluded from rituals that can help them mourn and heal. And when they are included in funerals and other death rituals, their special cognitive needs are often not met."

Little rituals can help make sense of feelings, especially if the person does not easily communicate in words.
This little book provides 20 examples of practical ways to assist someone to come to terms with the loss of a friend or loved one though simple activities and rituals, adapted for a person with learning difficulties.
This book may give staff, families and caregivers ideas they can adapt to a person they know; eg.
• using memory objects to help a person mourn
• using storytelling in a ritual
• using food in a ritual.
Most of the examples relate to children and young people, but can easily be adapted.

Patron comment on 09/03/2020

Very helpful for a family I support

Patron comment on

Practical, simple, easy to use. An important book for us to read.

Patron comment on

Good resource, some good ideas/activities to try. Would be better if it included visuals or templates for said ideas. Helpful.

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