Cultural Sensitivity

“You want to keep the culture in mind, but at the same time you don’t want to assume anything about that student or that family because of the culture that they are coming from.” (Counselor)

This module addresses the role of cultural considerations in supporting children and families in the aftermath of a death. Each culture has its own traditions, rituals, and practices when a family member dies. The overall goal is to bring a general sensitivity to the unique needs of a specific grieving child and their family in the context of their identified culture.

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