After reading the following scenario, form small groups to discuss the questions that follow:
• What are some of the important family dynamics displayed in Abby’s and Amelia’s family?
• What are some areas of blame and shame that you think have been, or will be relevant to, this family?
• What are your concerns for Leo’s children?
• As a social worker, how would you wish to support this family through their bereavement?
Consider the following concepts in relation to Leo’s family and traumatic bereavement:
• Developmental implications.
• Relationship implications.
• Issues of anger, guilt, and secrecy.
How was the family’s bereavement likely to differ from the bereavement experienced following a natural death?
What are some of the important family dynamics displayed in Abby’s and Amelia’s family?