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(p. 139) Students Anticipating the Death of a Family Member or Loved One
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(p. 139) Students Anticipating the Death of a Family Member or Loved One
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Jarena G. Fleischman

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10.1093/med:psych/9780199766529.003.0010
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date: 21 October 2019

Educators realize that a set structure and routine in the classroom helps students know what to expect as well as prepare for their upcoming classes. Likewise, children and adolescents thrive on established family routines at home, with parents determining expectations and house rules, allowing their children to know exactly what to expect. Without having to worry about what to expect at home, children can focus on learning and continue towards achieving important developmental milestones. However, when a terminal illness leads to the expected or anticipated death of a family member or close loved one, set expectations and routines are often deviated from and replaced with an intense focus on the terminal family member’s needs. These changes can have a profound effect on the children living in the home, which can in turn influence academic achievement and behavior in school. This chapter will focus on helping educators understand and support the array of social-emotional and academic needs of children and adolescents who are forced to endure the apprehension of losing an immediate family member and then the actual loss of that individual.

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