Laughter Yoga in a Bereavement Group for Teenagers

Marlene Chertok, USA
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Wednesday, 6 March 2013 18:41:49

In November, I was invited to do a Laughter Yoga program in a support group for teenagers that a local hospice sponsored.


All of the teenagers had experienced some type of loss, whether it was the death of a relative or a friend committing suicide. Those who had been coming to the group were teenagers who had a particularly hard time dealing with the loss and sadness.


I wasn't sure what to expect or how they would respond myself.  What struck me when I first met the teenagers was that it was a particularly sensitive group of young people who looked like they felt things very deeply.


We started with me giving a quick short explanation of what Laughter Yoga was about and then we started playing Laughter Yoga.   The teens began to relax and loosen up and have fun.  All of them said that they liked it.  Several of them came up to me afterwards and thanked me for coming and gave me big hugs.  The Adult Bereavement Coordinator said it was the first time she had seen many of them smile or laugh.   I was so touched by the experience that I told them that I would be happy to come back and do more Laughter Yoga with them.  I am looking forward to working with them in the future.


VERY GOOD, VERY GOOD, YEAH!


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