Other Reactions

Students may experience a range of reactions after a loss. Many children express their feelings in ways other than talking. Very young children may work through their feelings through play. Older children may use other creative activities to express and process their thoughts. It is important to remember that reactions to a death can vary greatly in children, but are often closely related to their thoughts and feelings. This module addresses some of the additional reactions that students may demonstrate after the death of a friend or family member, other than learning challenges, and guilt and shame, which were covered in other modules.

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