Planning School Memorials: Feedback from the Columbine Memorial Planning Committee Planning School Memorials: Feedback from the Columbine Memorial Planning Committee
Now completed, the memorial invites students; families; the community of Littleton, Colorado; and the world to never forget this loss or precious life. This memorial represents a positive avenue for coping with their tragedy, the loss of loved ones, and the violence perpetrated on their school and community. The leaders’ feedback is important to consider and provides direction and insight for other schools coping with similar trauma. Additionally, previous research on the topic of planning memorials is extremely limited, even more so for school-based memorials. More information is needed to guide practice. As a starting point, this thesis provides a brief overview of childhood and adolescent grief, a historical overview of how national tragedies involving children have been memorialized, and subsequently an initial investigation focusing on planning the Columbine Memorial. After reviewing and summarizing the committee members’ responses, a list of suggestions are proposed to guide schools in planning memorials. The discussion section compares and contrasts the planning committee’s feedback with previous information provided by the National Association of School Psychologists and other publications related to children and memorials.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:school memorials columbine memorial planning committee
Date of Publication:06/26/2008