A Guide to Supporting Grieving Students
How Does Grief Affect Children?
How Do Youth Cope with Grief?
Providing Support for Students and Their Families
- Working with students on navigating behaviors, emotions and needs.
- Recognizing that family may also be grieving the same loss.
- Providing education to the family about how children grieve.
- Connecting students and families to community bereavement services or social workers.
- Teachers interact with students daily and have the most exposure to a student’s behavior that might need attention from a school counselor.
- School nurses are able to identify physiological symptoms of grief like sleep deprivation, stomach pains, and decreased appetite while monitoring students who suddenly start using school health services.
- Administrators should keep an open communication line with the families of students who are exhibiting symptoms of grief and should monitor tardiness, academic performance and uncharacteristic behavior.