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Change, loss, and grief

This online version of the book supports the implementation of Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum (1999). As part of the Mental Health key area of learning, students require opportunities to develop:

  • understandings and personal and interpersonal skills to enhance relationships
  • knowledge, understandings, and skills to support themselves and other people during times of stress, disappointment, and loss
  • values and attitudes that support the enhancement of mental health for the students themselves, other people, and society.

In meeting the learning needs of their students, teachers may use any or all of the activities in this book, but it is important that the following aspects are developed in order:

  • understanding change and loss
  • understanding the feelings of grief
  • coping with disappointment, loss, and grief
  • helping others who are grieving
  • building a supportive environment.

Why provide opportunities for education about change, loss, and grief?
Change, loss, and grief: key concepts
Linking Change, Loss, and Grief to Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum
Understanding loss and grief
The developmental stages of children and their responses to loss
Common grief reactions
Planning considerations
Creating a supportive environment
What do your year 1-3 students need to learn?
Possible learning experiences for years 1-3
What do your year 4-6 students need to learn?
Possible learning experiences for years 4-6  
What do your year 7-8 students need to learn?
Possible learning experiences for years 7-8
Appendix: sample letter to parents and caregivers  
References and resources
Organisations


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