From The Dougy Center
Whether due to a long-term illness or a sudden death, a parent’s dying is perhaps the most devastating loss a child, teen, or young adult will experience during their formative years. The pain may last a lifetime. We, as caregivers, friends, and community members often find ourselves wondering: What can I say? What information should I share about the death? how do children and teens express their grief? How can I be of help? Many questions are answered by children, teens, and young adults in their own poignant words, in The Tomorrows Children Face When A Parent Dies. This revealing documentary shows some of the ways a young person deals with saying goodbye to a dying parent; finding out about a parent’s death; not having the opportunity to say goodbye; and the value of rituals. It also looks at children’s views on spirituality, going back to school; grieving as a family; surviving the holidays and grief over time. The DVD highlights the help available to bereaved children through grief loss groups. Features are The Dougy Center for Grieving Children, a nationally recognized grieving center for children and families, and the Ridgefield High School Grief Loss Group. Additional insight about the issue of children and bereavement is provided by clergy, counselors, and surviving parents.
Run Time: 47 minutes.
Recommended for viewers 10 and older.
*When you buy the DVD, you will also receive: The Tomorrows Children Face When a Parent Dies: Study Guide by Genalin Niere.
The purpose of this study guide is to supplement the rich information contained in The Tomorrows Children Face When a Parent Dies video with content that allows people in ministry to reflect on their own experiences of grief, as well as to provide easily accessible information at hand when ministering to children who are grieving.
“My desire has always been for this video to offer hope and solace to grieving families. I want to let them know they are not alone. There are many people who care and who wish to help. I also hope that this video, along with the study guide, will serve as a catalyst for families and faith communities to have their own open discussions about death and to teach their children well.” – From the foreword, by Thalia Marakas