When Families Grieve
– Katie Couric and the SESAME STREET Muppets Help Families Cope With the Death of a Parent –
WHEN FAMILIES GRIEVE, with Katie Couric and the SESAME STREET Muppets, features families’ personal stories about coping with the death of a parent. The program, airing Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on PBS, also presents strategies that have helped these families move forward.
Most recent data state that one in 20 American children under the age of 15 experiences the death of a parent — from illness, suicide, accident or war-related incident.* Certain populations, such as military families, are more at risk of experiencing a sudden death. In just one year, from 2006 to 2007, an estimated 1,345 children from military families lost a parent who was serving in the military. While the death of a parent is one of the most difficult ordeals a child can face, children are not the only ones who feel overwhelmed and undergo change in behavior. Grieving is a family event; thus, the entire family needs support during this difficult time. WHEN FAMILIES GRIEVE harnesses the unique approach that program producer Sesame Workshop takes in addressing children’s needs: using the SESAME STREET Muppets to aid the communication between adults and children with language and strategies that are child-appropriate and useful for the whole family.
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