Commemoration and Memorialization

Memorial and commemorative activities can be helpful to students and staff. However, it is essential that schools give careful consideration to policies and practices to ensure that such activities are appropriate and address the needs of the school community. Specific guidance is provided related to spontaneous memorials and the role of social media. Students should be actively engaged in the planning of memorial activities to ensure the activities are appropriate to their interests and responsive to their needs.

For more information on supporting grieving children, refer to The Grieving Student: A Teacher’s Guide by David Schonfeld and Marcia Quackenbush.