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Table 1 Session content and outcomes

From: Development and evaluation of the Good Grief program for young people bereaved by familial cancer

Session Content Purpose/Outcomes
Introduction of Loved One
(90mins)
Young people are given an opportunity to introduce the loved one they have lost to the rest of the group and share their experience of loss. - Begin exploration of personal narratives about grief experience.
- Normalise the experience of grief and build the sense of shared experience amongst the group.
Understanding Grief (90mins) The grief process and uniqueness of individuals’ experiences is explored.
The dual process model of grief is discussed. Mindfulness is introduced as a grounding activity. Personal strengths are identified by each participant.
- Increase understanding of and normalise the grief process.
- Explore personal narratives about grief experience.
- Introduce mindfulness for grounding when distressed.
- Assist young people to articulate personal strengths as a resource.
Sharing Memories
(90 mins)
Young people share a memento/photo of their loved one with the group and create a memory box ORa create an artistic representation of their memories of their loved one and share it with the group. A mindfulness-based activity ends the session. - Facilitate the grieving process and continuing bond with loved one who died.
- Support young people in engaging with and communicating memories of loved one.
- Develop mindfulness skills.
Honouring Ceremony
(60mins)
The concept of using rituals to keep a connection with deceased loved ones introduced. Young people participate in a group ritual activity to honour the memories of deceased loved ones. Another mindfulness-based grounding activity is completed. - Commemorate young people’s loved ones and provide an opportunity for them to continue their bond with their loved one.
- Explore ways to live well with grief (balance between keeping connections with the loved one and moving forward).
- Develop mindfulness skills.
Life Imprint
(90mins)
Group members identify five personal values and reflect on the origins of their values. Each member is given a letter written by a family member that comments on personal qualities/values shared by the young person and their loved one. Bracelets are made to symbolise these values. The group discuss how they can live out their values. - Strengthen continuing bonds young people have with loved ones who have died.
- Increase knowledge of personal values.
- Explore the impact that the loved one has left on the young person and integrate family’s/friend’s perceptions of this.
- Increase understanding of what it means to live a meaningful life.
Coping and Resources
(90mins)
Grief Support Kit:
A mindfulness-based grounding activity is completed. The group discusses how they can use different items or places at home to self-soothe using their senses. A personalised grief kit is created by each participant using self-soothing items. The session ends with participants identifying strengths they see in one another.
ORa
Finding Support In Our Lives:
Young people’s values, knowledge, skills and important supports available to them are explored and expressed through metaphor-based activities. The group brainstorms challenges they might face and generates possible coping strategies. To wrap up, a mindfulness activity is completed.
- Identify and increase awareness of existing internal and external coping resources.
- Learn coping and distress tolerance strategies for dealing with difficult emotions and situations.
- Facilitate peer support and a sense of shared experience.
- Develop mindfulness skills.
  1. aTwo content options are provided for this session. Facilitators would choose which content was best suited to the needs and maturity of the AYAs attending that particular program