Connecting With Families

Schools communicate regularly with families, through school events, open houses, and parent-teacher conferences; via newsletters, memos, websites, and report cards; or by calls, electronic communications, and notes sent home with students. This ongoing communication becomes even more critical to help parents take steps to support their children’s learning and participation in school after a death has occurred. This module addresses the important role of proactively reaching out to families of grieving students in order to both provide and seek information, to offer advice and assistance, and to partner with them to provide support to students over time.

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