Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Guidance

Teens At-Risk Series

A series of important programs that address difficult issues facing today's teenagers using positive situations and true and believable role models. Series: 9 programs (10 to 60 minutes). Click for more

Dealing With Death: Sudden Memories

Dealing With Death: Sudden Memories

"Recommended. There is no easy way to handle the grief one feels when someone dies unexpectedly. And there is no easy way to approach this topic. As in life, one tries one's best. This program tackles a difficult topic, the death of a young person, with a real-life approach. There is anger, frustration, pain and even awkwardness; emotions that everyone experiences. Two approaches are used to provide counseling: students speak in silhouette offering their feelings in an anonymous manner; also a guidance counselor offers sensitive advice as to how to handle one's grief." -National Media Review
The sudden death of a friend or a family member can be a devastating experience; this is especially true when a younger person dies. And in a school setting, this can be a terribly difficult thing for young people to cope with. That is the purpose of this dramatic program: to help young people understand grief and how to deal with it. Here we see the reenactment of a true story; Dane Matthews was killed in automobile accident and his best friend, Todd Stewart, doesn't know how to deal with his death. Todd is hurt, angry and confused; also he doesn't know what to do or what to feel. Speaking with a counselor, he discovers these are all normal things to feel; also he is offered sensitive and constructive steps to help him cope with his loss. We get to witness some of Todd's memories with Dane; also, in silhouette, we hear from other students who discuss their feelings about the unexpected loss and how to deal with the grief of losing someone close. In the end, Todd and each student discovers that the best way to keep their friend's memory alive is by living their lives to the fullest of their potentials. Produced by David Jensen. 05/09DE JSCA 30 min.

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