(check out my BAM! podcast, “How Can We Help Students Handle Loss and Grief?”)
With the new school year upon us, it’s likely that most of us will have at least one student, and probably more, suffer the loss of a family member or friend.
I thought a short “The Best…” list on the topic might be helpful, and I hope that readers will suggest additional resources.
I also have related resources at The Best Resources On Talking With Children About Tragedies.
Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Helping Students Deal With Grief:
I’m going to start with a post I wrote about a year-and-a-half ago titled Helping Students Who Are Grieving. In it, I share what I do, and some personal experiences. Readers contributed suggestions in comments there, too.
Helping Students Deal with the Loss of a Parent comes from Education Week.
Five Tips for Supporting Grieving Students is from Edutopia.
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students has unveiled a website to help educators support students who are grieving. The site is called Grieving Students, and has an enormous amount of resources.
The Coalition includes the School Superintendents Association; the American Federation of Teachers; the National Association of School Psychologists; the National Education Association Health Information Network and others.
You can read more about it at: Coalition Aims to Help Educators Address Student Grief in Schools is at Education Week.
Grief In The Classroom: ‘Saying Nothing Says A Lot’ is from NPR.
Why death should be discussed in school — and how teachers should handle it appeared in The Washington Post.
Holiday blues: Four mistakes we make when comforting friends who are struggling is from USA Today.
How to help bereaved children understand grief is from Winston’s Wish.
Telling a child someone has died – our support and guidance is from Winston’s Wish.
Childhood bereavement information in your language is from Winston’s Wish.
How to support grieving child.
Ideas via @g28nelson#Sketchnote via @NimahGobir pic.twitter.com/sAFqEuJC5b
— MindShift (@MindShiftKQED) December 31, 2022
Children and young people often worry that they will forget things about the person who has died. Others may have been too young to have many memories. Here are 7 ways to help a child or young person remember someone who has died 👉 https://t.co/RTC2blbq9c pic.twitter.com/u2uyTCHaam
— Winston's Wish (@winstonswish) June 4, 2023
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