Recovering with Love

Tareq 3Tareq is a 12 years old from Mawasi; he lives with his mother and three siblings in a small house. Tareq is one of the beneficiaries who attend the psycho-social support sessions. During the past months, his father got sick and had to stay at the hospital and as the eldest son, Tareq had to stay with his father at the hospital. The father passed away peacefully.

Tareq stopped coming to the sessions as he had to be with his family. The facilitator and the psycho-social specialist attended the funeral to support Tareq and be with him.

After the funeral the psycho-social specialist visited Tareq again and brought him some gifts. The specialist was able to convince Tareq to return to the group sessions and also decided to implement one on one session with him.

Tareq returned to the group sessions but he was still drawn away from the rest of the group. He preferred to stay alone and not participate in any activity. The specialist decided to have more individual sessions with him and allow him to enter the toys room at the CBO and play privately in order to encourage him to participate in the group sessions.

During the “One on one session”, Tareq was encouraged by the specialist to talk about his feelings towards the death of his father. The specialist used psychosocial relief techniques to help him cope with life after the death of the father.

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Tareq also attended The “What lost and changed” session, a session designed for children to express their feelings towards losing something precious and help them to recover. This session was the hardest for Tareq as he had to share his feelings in front of the whole group; he cried deeply and couldn’t continue but the children gathered around him and provided support. Tareq was touched by the children’s gesture which made him feel much better.

Gradually, Tareq started recovering from the trauma of losing his father and returned to interacting with the other children at the sessions.




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