Grief has been proven to have a negative impact on a child’s academic performance, social withdrawal, and can trigger behavioral issues. Sadly, as educators we feel unprepared and ill equipped with proper resources when students are suffering from grief. There is a vast need for school communities to offer better support to their students during the grieving process.
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students is the first-ever bereavement resource for educators, which provides effective methods for addressing grief at schools through an easy-to-use, multimedia platform. Resources to equip and inform educators with all the most practical information guidance needed to better meet the needs of grieving students are available to all members of the school community.
Conversation & Support
Adults often struggle with finding the right words to say to grieving children. Appropriately approach grieving students using the correct methods. Provide students with the long-term support they need over time.
Developmental & Cultural Considerations
Children need to understand the concepts of death and the ability to cope with grief. Reach out to families and be aware of the needs of cultural differences among students.
Develop effective school policies and advise families on funeral participation. Coordinate communication services among the school community. Learn about the opportunities and challenges of social media with grieving children.
Help students avoid and reduce the impact grief will have on academics. It is common for children to feel guilty when experiencing a loss, learn how to look for the signs.
Providing support to grieving students is challenging and demanding, especially when trying to cope with your own grief. Take steps to ensure you take care of yourself and allow others to offer their help.
New York Life Foundation (NYLF)
National Center for School Crisis for Bereavement (NCSCB)
The American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
National Education Association Heath Information Network (NEA HIN)
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA)