COPING WITH LOSS LESSON PLAN
- One copy per student of the comprehension passage and questionnaire worksheet (see below for
Teachers may either print out
the lesson and have students
read it themselves, or use it for your own lesson.
Introduce the topic by explaining that we all experience loss in our lives and that by understanding more about the grieving process we may be better able to deal with it. Say that students will have an opportunity to think about their reactions to loss.
Have the students read the comprehension passage.
Have them complete the exercise.
Debrief: Say that although all loss is painful, it is important to think about coping mechanisms. Allow the students to discuss their exercise results with a partner.
Loss of a loved one can cause a major emotional crisis in our lives. But other kinds of loss can
cause great distress too -- loss of possessions especially in traumatic situations such as fire or natural disasters, loss of a job, loss of health, loss of a pet or simply losing somebody because they have moved away—are all events that can leave us feeling sorrowful and confused. On a rational level we know that loss affects everybody at some time or another, so it is, of course, an entirely normal part of life. But that knowledge does not protect us from the pain we feel when the loss is in our own life.
However, feeling sorrow and grief is a process that most people can work through given time and support. Some key stages in the process have been identified and it is helpful to know what these are so that we can understand our feelings when we experience loss:
• shock stage: initial paralysis at hearing the bad news.
• denial stage: trying to avoid the inevitable.
• anger stage: frustrated outpouring of bottled-up emotion.
• bargaining stage: seeking in vain for a way out.
• depression stage: final realization of the inevitable.
• testing stage: seeking realistic solutions.
• acceptance stage: finally finding the way forward.
To look at some of these stages in more detail, what might we feel?
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