The course is for teachers, educators, health workers, psychologists, and others whose daily job is to work with children and youths in the educational system.
Every year many children experience that their parents, siblings or other close relatives get severely ill or die. When such tragedy occurs, fear and insecurity become a part of relatives’ life—also a child’s life.
Children spend most of their weekdays in day care or in school. Accordingly, employees at these institutions can have a positive effect and create a safety net for the children. Because of this the Faroese Cancer Society and The Faroese Board of Education wish to organize a course on how to help children in grief.
Grief is not a sickness, but a drastic circumstance of life. Adults are better equipped to cope with grief while children have a particular need when parents, siblings, or other close relatives become severely ill or pass away. We know that grief and loneliness often go hand in hand, and many children feel alone in their grief. It is important to act quickly, because long-term effects of grief can cause many troubles. This course is meant to strengthen employees’ ability to identify patterns of grief and children’s behaviour, so they know how to step in and provide the necessary help.
The lecturer is Per Bøge who is children- and youth leader for the Danish Cancer Society. Otto Gram who is a teacher in Tvøroyri will also share how his school has adapted emergency preparations to cope with grief. Children will also be giving presentations.