Grief & Loss
If you are reading this page because you have experienced a recent death in your family, we are sorry for your loss. If you are ever concerned with your child's reaction following a grief related experience, please feel free to contact your student's counselor.
A good video for parents and elementary aged youth to watch together regarding helping young students cope with grief was produced by Sesame Street.
Additionally, links to several helpful articles from Hospice are provided below.
Helping Young Surviving Children As a parent, you can take the lead by explaining death and having answers to your child's most frequent questions.
Talking To Children About Death What we say about death to our children, or when we say it, will depend on their ages and experiences.
Children and Grief: Parents should be aware of normal childhood responses to a death in the family, as well as danger signals.
When a Parent Dies: All children need to have the facts and their feelings surrounding their loss confirmed often; for this reason it is also important to listen to what they have to say.
What Do You Tell Children? Children have to be told about death. It will make sorrow and death much easier for a child to deal with if they know something about it beforehand.
Children's Understanding of Death This chart is meant to be used as a guideline to children’s understanding of death from newborns through teenagers.
Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief Bereaved teens give out all kinds of signs that they are struggling with complex feelings, yet are often pressured to act as they are doing better than they really are.
Helping Younger People Cope with Cancer Deaths and Funerals Understanding the problem; When to get professional help; What you can do to help; Possible obstacles; Carrying out and adjusting your plan.