Sarah Jones (sacubs@DOVE.NET.AU)
Tue, 18 Nov 1997 22:47:10 +1030
Sorry this is late...but I have been busy with exams and assigments and am
now catching up on over 700 messages. I apologise if this is a bit late.
One thing that happened here when one of the local Venturers died was that
the District organised a grief counselling session for the unit within
about 36 hours for the whole unit. The incident happened friday
Night/saturday morning and they had a get togeather Sunday
afternoon/evening, as soon as they got everyone togeather and had notified
all lf the parents. I belive that parents were welcome to this as well. As
a unit, they seem to have all coped in their own ways, but this was no
doubt helped by the fact that District got in as fast as they could and
helped out as well.
I would like to suggest, if possiable, that this may be a idea that
everyone can keep in mind...while there may not be the support within your
scouting district that could help on this one, then mabye you could contact
a counselling service to see what they suggest for the scout members left
behind. It is certainly something thatcould be looked into.
this scout unfortuantly gassed himself in the car. I bring this up, as most
of the posts on this topic have delt with the issue of many using guns.
There are many other ways. Growing up in Australia, I know of a few, as
Australia has the unfortunate postion of having the highest suicide rate
per population % than any other country in the world. This is especially so
for the 15 - 25 age group. I have had several of my friends die, both
naturally and through scouting. Some of the scouting ones, two were
leaders, and another was a Rover. But there have been the non scouting ones
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