The young person's guide to grief & loss
A workbook for bereaved young people
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"A really well designed, attractive and useful resource. I have showed it to two colleagues who also think it will be useful. I wondered what the best way to buy more copies would be."
Sacha Richardson – Director of Family Services, Winston's Wish
Inside the book
About the author
A former teacher and youth leader, Ann retrained as a bereavement counsellor after a period of personal loss.
Her work since 2003 has ranged from supporting families through serious illness and bereavement to delivering awareness raising workshops on the impact of grief and loss to those who work with children and young people. Ann played an active part in bereavement forums at local and national level.
‘Everything’s Changing’ has grown out of Ann’s direct work with young people. Her desire is to help young people to normalise grief and achieve resilience through effective coping strategies.
Ann Atkin (B.Ed., Dip.C.P.C., P.G.Cert.)
Former Family Support Officer at St. Kentigern Hospice, St. Asaph, North Wales.
About the book
How the book came about
Everything’s Changing was born out of a desire for an appealing workbook for young people who were in the process of managing grief.
When working with junior school children, I use the excellent Winston’s Wish resource, ‘Muddle, Puddles and Sunshine’.
Over the years I have used some of my own exercises, and some drawn from other resources, kept together in a plastic wallet. These have been useful in giving a focus to bereavement support with young people, but did not communicate the necessary message of value that I wanted to convey – and so I decided to produce my own resource.
Everything’s Changing serves as a catalyst to important conversations with young people, and a useful record for the young person to refer back to in the future.
Tried & tested methods
The book draws on tried and tested bereavement support resources, which have been re-worked in order to appeal to people in the 13 – 25 years age group. Since 2015 it has been used effectively in schools and agencies such as Winston's Wish, Cruse Bereavement Care & Barnados.
While the young reader could work through the book alone, ideally they would work alongside an adult, using the guidance notes to help.
Bespoke training on teenage grief and how to best use the book is available for individuals or groups. Please contact me for more details.