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In the Mix

Dealing with Death (#439)

We're constantly surrounded by death in the media, in the news and in our own lives. Yet it's often a taboo subject in families, schools, and communities; teens who lose loved ones -- whether to illness, suicide or violence -- are left to face their pain alone. With this special, IN THE MIX breaks the silence and encourages young people to express their thoughts and experiences surrounding the issue. We meet young video makers, writers and photographers who are using artistic resources and creativity to help themselves and their peers confront issues of dying. Laura, a teen surviving under the shadow of cystic fibrosis, talks about how it feels to outlive her friends, and one young man shares his heartbreak over his father's suicide. The program also visits a bereavement support group where teens participate in frank discussion and creative activities, empowering them to cope with loss. The message from all these young people is loud and clear: our lives become more fulfilling when we feel free to think and talk honestly about death. [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Information For Teachers

Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Social Studies
Series Length
54 episodes
Average Episode Length
28 minutes
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Series Description: IN THE MIX is the series that "manages to be both hip and responsible." The series' single-theme episodes offer solution-oriented examinations of critical issues and profiles of model programs that provide teens with information needed to make thoughtful decisions. Also highlighted are the accomplishments of young people of diverse backgrounds, providing much needed positive role models.

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