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STAR Class Goals and Objectives

 

from The STAR Class
by Karen Nilsen

These are the goals and objectives of A Special Time to Always Remember (STAR), developed by Karen Nilsen.

  • To educate future generations on the benefits of a funeral service.

  • To prepare children for the visitation and funeral process.

  • To familiarize children with the “language” of the funeral experience.

  • To provide the opportunity to view photos of the funeral “equipment” before experiencing these things first-hand.

  • To provide a creative outlet through a craft activity to express feelings and concerns about their loved one who has died.

  • To facilitate a discussion of their observations and perceptions surrounding the death.

  • To offer grief support by the class facilitator as well as peer support within the group.

  • To provide private time for adult family members to view and make final preparations of the visitation room.

  • To allow children an opportunity to express final thoughts or feelings to the deceased with a STAR message.

For more information on the STAR Program, visit Karen's Web site http://www.thestarclass.com.

 

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