Puppet Show Used To Show Children How To Cope With Loss
Posted October 26, 2001 9:03 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — As people across the country come to grips with the deaths of the terrorist attack victims, some children in Raleigh are learning about losses in their own lives.
Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope is a puppet show presented by Hospice of Wake County. The story is about an aardvark, who has trouble coping when his mother and brother are taken away to the zoo.
Volunteers bring the show to third-graders across the county. The goal is to let them know it is important to talk about their feelings when dealing with a loss.
"Sometimes, you may feel happy. Sometimes, you may feel impatient, sometimes angry and a lot of times, children don't know that's OK," said Jeanne Abrahams of Hospice of Wake County.
Hospice educators say children may not experience all of the same emotions as adults, but eventually recalling fond memories will help.
"If you feel bad and you think of stuff that you did together that was fun, you can really bring back good memories," said 3rd-grader Tyler Romanowski.
Experts say it is important not to pressure children to talk about a loss. Sometimes, it is best to let them express their emotions when they are playing and having fun. Parents should be there to listen when their kids feel like opening up.