Sadie Vernon Technical High School Students Graduate from Grief Recovery Course

Sadie Vernon Technical High School Students Graduate from Grief Recovery Course

Twenty seven students from Sadie Vernon Technical High School successfully completed a course dubbed, “The Journey to a New Beginning After a Loss”.  The commencement exercises took place this morning on the school compound, and marks the second graduation from such a program for this year.  According to Youth Program Coordinator for the Belize Project, Kenrick Young, the curriculum focused on grief, its stages and the healing process.

Kenrick Young, Youth Program Coordinator: “As we go through life, we face many losses and we go through many griefs, many hurts and many pains and those bring us into a place of isolation in our mind and it keeps us from fulfilling our true potential, it keeps us from being the person who we are meant to be because as we look around us many of our young people today in our society, they act out and some of them may be rebellious. Some of them we may look at them and we talk harsh to them but many of our children today in our society it’s because of this same topic, grief and loss. Many of our young students have suffered many hurts and pains. They look around them in their communities, they see people dying all the time from gun violence, from domestic violence. We have students in the program who have personally lost loved ones through domestic violence. You may have your parents being separated through divorce. That’s another grief and loss that you suffer, and many of them carry childhood scars that affect them up to today.”

According to Young, the Serenity Prayer was a key part of the weekday sessions.  Additionally, the participants were encouraged to identify their emotions that they were feeling at the time.  The sessions also included group work and discussions as well as lessons on the importance of positive thinking.  Young recalled one particular incident that this cohort faced.

Kenrick Young, Youth Program Coordinator: “For instance, in one of our group sessions, we had a young student who was facing a challenging time. When the topic of loss came up and dealing with the loss of a loved one, that was a subtopic under the general topic of loss. And she was going through some difficulties at that time, grieving the loss of a loved one and while she was grieving the loss of that loved one, she lost another loved one. So she was facing a lot of depression, anxiety. She was feeling hopeless and helpless. So we forwarded her situation to the counselor of the school. That is how we channel these very serious challenges that our young people are facing. We forward them to the counselors of the school and the administration. And from there, we try to work with the counselors and the administration to find suitable outlets for them beyond the school institution, external help that can help our students to understand and cope with these challenges and their grief and loss and how they can better off themselves in this life.”

Young told Love News that he encourages sports, arts and creativity as part of coping mechanisms.  This course is a part of the series, Journey to Freedom.

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