Death and School Crisis

The death of a student or school staff member can have a profound effect on the entire school community, with virtually everyone impacted to some degree. This module emphasizes the importance of prior planning to meet the bereavement needs in the context of a crisis, practical considerations in notifying the school community about the death, and strategies for identifying the students and staff most likely to need additional support. The importance of ongoing support for both students and staff is emphasized.

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Importance of prior planning

Notifying the school community about the death

Identifying those in need of support and providing ongoing assistance

Supporting school staff

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