Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Laura L. Wood PhD, RDT/BCT


This literature review is on childhood bereavement and drama therapy. The author examines current theories of childhood bereavement, including the chronic sorrow model, the duel process coping model, the tasks of grieving, and a three-part model that looks at significant mitigating factors relating to the death of a loved one. Efficacy of bereavement interventions is discussed. An in-depth look the current literature shows what children need from bereavement interventions. The history of drama therapy and childhood bereavement is also discussed. This paper concludes with a discussion on themes that are identified in the research as being helpful to bereavement including psychoeducation, communication, expression, support, reinvestment in life, continuing connection, opportunity to say goodbye, inclusion of trauma interventions, and joy.

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