chapter  5
8 Pages

Stories for sadness

BySue Jennings

Stories are very important for allowing the expression of feelings. Our feelings are validated when we see them expressed in stories. Many children have long-buried feelings of loss, separation and bereavement and are often discouraged from expressing them: 'It's time to forget about it'. As adults, we do not register that a child or teenager is upset about moving house because they will lose their friends and have to change schools; or that their pet mouse was very precious and it is a big tragedy that it has died. There seems to be a belief that children will 'get over things', whereas our capacity to show empathy is an important life skill which needs to be developed. The chapter presents a story on Kyunwoo and Jiknyo from Korea that explains their sadness when separated by the angry King. It also presents worksheets can be used with this story.