How to Help a Grieving Student

It is critical to help grieving students to understand and cope with their grief; otherwise it may remain with them until adulthood and continue to cause problems. Unresolved grief for youth may affect their relationships, physical and emotional health and self-esteem; jeopardize school work, result in drug and alcohol abuse and may be a primary cause of suicide.

School Resource Kit

For 35 years, HOPE has been responding to requests for help from schools after the death of a student, teacher or support staff. In 2010 we developed Grief Resource Kits for elementary and middle/high schools. The kits are packed with helpful information- ‘checklists’; brochures for students, parent(s)/caregivers(s), school personnel; flyer on “What to Say, What to Wear and How to Act at a Wake or Funeral?”; posters; books and articles on grief.

“The Grief Resource Kit is invaluable. After a call from a school counselor about a suicide early that day I went to the kit and found resources for the school. The list of steps to take and what to do and say was vital for me. I was able to give them resources that helped them move through the next few days. I am recommending the kit to all counselors.”

Youth Development Coordinator/Counselor
Helping Children and Teens Cope with Grief
Education & Resources for Schools
Provides in-service training for teachers, crisis teams, full school staff, parent groups as well as classes for students. The Grief Resource Kit is available in a not to be misplaced three-ring binder.

Some Suggestions for Helping Grieving Students
  • Don’t avoid the student or talking about the death
  • Use the name of the person who died
  • Provide healthy ways for the student to express his/her feelings
  • As a class, read an age-appropriate book on grief
  • Have students write a note to the bereaved classmate

Contact us for more information, by phone at (315) 475-9675 or by email at [email protected]. To arrange for a training seminar, contact us or fill our the form.

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