A loss is hard at any point in life, but when a child experiences a loss of someone close to them it can be all the more confusing. Many times the adults in a student’s life are doing the best they can to cope with the loss themselves and don’t know how to help their child cope with loss, or may even be unable to.
Loss can come in many forms. It may be the loss of a family member, pet, friend, or even divorce. All of these forms of loss weigh heavily on the heart and should be treated with respect.
Kids often have a lot of questions when it comes to loss, and these questions can be very difficult to answer when you are in the middle of the loss yourself. As teachers, we can support our students and their families during this difficult time by being a listening ear and support system.
Keep in mind that grieving is not a one size fits all kind of process, so be patient, and stay open-minded.
Talk to the Family
Get Your School Counselor Involved
Provide Extra Help in the Classroom
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