Failure to address the needs of grieving children can have short-term effects on their school performance and serious consequences later in life.

Schools can play a vital role in helping their students come to terms with losses and preparing them for life’s inevitable tragedies. Teachers, counselors, and other school personnel have considerable influence in the lives of these children, especially those for whom school assumes the importance of family.

By introducing classroom lessons about grief and loss, and responding appropriately when a child has suffered a loss, school personnel can encourage open discussions and enable students to develop healthy coping skills. I show you how.

I serve teachers, counselors, and other school personnel that interact with students. I also speak to organizations and schools that have experienced the death of an employee, student or have been impacted by a tragic event in their surrounding community.

‘Helping Grieving Students’ Workshop

Many teachers and other school professionals feel unprepared and apprehensive about reaching out to provide support to grieving students. This essential training provides school personnel with the information and skills necessary to support grieving children and their families.

In this training, participants will learn:
• The impact of grief on students (and the class).
• How education staff can help students adjust (and what’s not helpful).
• The common signs of grief in children.
• Valuable resources to help children and their families heal.

Approximately 5% of children nationwide will experience the death of a parent by the time they reach age 16. About 90% of all students will experience the death of someone close to them by the time they complete high school. It is likely there is at least one grieving student in every classroom, in every school, every day.

‘Self-Care for Caregivers’ Workshop

Most school professionals choose their profession because they want to help children learn and develop. Providing support means bearing witness to students’ pain. This training provides tools for school professionals to take care of themselves and their colleagues in ways that recognize the challenges of this work.

In this training, participants will learn:
• How to keep life balance while serving in tough circumstances.
• What Compassion Fatigue is and how to self-identify it.
• How to implement the “Caregiver’s Self-care Recipe”.
• To build resiliency while keeping compassion satisfaction.
• How to support themselves and give support to their colleagues.

Precisely because they care so deeply about students, offering support to grieving children can be both deeply gratifying and demanding. It is critical that school professionals take care of themselves and their colleagues in ways that recognize the challenges of this work.