Walking In Their Shadow

Supporting children and young people through bereavement

Lex Bradley

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This is a fantastic resource based on real-life experience. I had the honour of supervising Lex's research as she put this project together. It was a personal journey for her, and many times tears were the only way that we could make sense of the journey. She was determined that others would learn from her experience, and what she has produced is a well-researched, thoroughly practical, often philosophical, resource, that will be a lifeline to any children's or youth worker faced with the care of a child or young person facing or experiencing a life-changing bereavement. She says it how it is, and has provided creative ways to equip those seeking to walk alongside a child or young person engulfed in the shadow created by the life and death of someone they love. I highly recommend this material.
Carolyn Edwards, Lecturer in Evangelism, Mission and Ministry at Cliff College

Content

How can you best support someone who is grieving?

This resource aims to equip children's and youth workers, church leaders and those working in a chaplaincy context to support bereaved children and young people. Written with first-hand knowledge of the needs of both a bereaved young person and a concerned youth worker, Walking in Their Shadow offers a unique combination of practical advice, biblical teaching and creative, therapeutic techniques to help the young person adjust to bereavement as a lifelong journey.

  • Contains five session outlines themed around Holy Week.
  • Each outline includes two age-differentiated stories, discussion starters, links to appropriate media clips, and creative, therapeutic activity ideas.
  • Provides downloadable activity sheets and 'I need to tell you...' icebreaker cards.

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This is a fantastic resource based on real-life experience. I had the honour of supervising Lex's research as she put this project together. It was a personal journey for her, and many times tears were the only way that we could make sense of the journey. She was determined that others would learn from her experience, and what she has produced is a well-researched, thoroughly practical, often philosophical, resource, that will be a lifeline to any children's or youth worker faced with the care of a child or young person facing or experiencing a life-changing bereavement. She says it how it is, and has provided creative ways to equip those seeking to walk alongside a child or young person engulfed in the shadow created by the life and death of someone they love. I highly recommend this material.
Carolyn Edwards, Lecturer in Evangelism, Mission and Ministry at Cliff College

Author info

Lex Bradley is a qualified youth worker with a degree in youth and community work with practical theology, currently working as chaplain in a girls' boarding school. She is an aspiring deep thinker and enjoys blogging about her thoughts on youth work, faith and life.

Reviews

From STAR News Diocese of Peterborough January 2016

How can we support a bereaved child or young person who is grieving? This sensitive resource book provides 5 sessions to use with an individual child or with siblings to help them as they grieve. The sessions are shaped to follow Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. There are separate stories for 5-11s and for those who are 12+ and these are followed by questions to help reflection. Film clips are also suggested and there are simple activity sheets to focus on memories and feelings.

I would use this resource probably after the funeral when some of the immediate activity has passed. Just at the point when the world may be ready to move on, then we can provide on-going support for a child who is nowhere near ready to do that.

Reviewed by Rona Orme


Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857462558
  • Published: 19 June 2015
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
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