Professional Preparation

Educators have an enormous opportunity to improve outcomes for grieving students. Unfortunately, the vast majority of teachers feel unequipped for this task. Many teachers, as well as other school professionals, feel apprehensive about reaching out to grieving students. They are afraid they will say or do the wrong thing and only make matters worse. This module addresses the general lack of professional preparation in bereavement among school professionals and details the importance and value of providing training in this area.

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