Children and adults alike face pain after experiencing the death of a loved one but cope differently. The proposed program will enable multiple generations within the family system to provide mutual support and learn positive coping strategies during the bereavement process. Four bereavement groups will be offered (three for children based on their developmental age and one for the surviving spouse/partner and grandparents). The chosen funding source is the Eisner Foundation and the host agency is a large medical care provider in Southern California.
The goals and objectives of the proposed program are to enhance the level of mutual support within the family, enhance members’ coping skills, and strengthen intergenerational ties. The program is envisioned to provide 12 sessions over a 12-week period with three sets of groups during each series of sessions, thus serving 18 families during the funding year. Depending on the size of each family, it is anticipated that 90 individuals will be served. The evaluation will be conducted through pre- and post-testing done separately for children and adults. If funded, this program will support families experiencing deep pain due to the loss of a loved one. The actual submission of the grant application was not required for completion of the thesis project.
|Commitee:||Brocato, Jo, Chambers, Ruth M.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Social work|
|Keywords:||Bereavement, Complicated grief, Developmental stages, Grief, Group work, Intergenerational|
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