Professional Self-Care

“It can be really difficult having to talk with children about a death and see how sad they are.” (Special Education Teacher)

This module underscores the important role of professional self-care for school personnel as they provide support to grieving students. There are few ways to have a more meaningful and lasting impact on children than providing support as they cope with one of life’s most difficult challenges. However, joining students as they cope with a painful loss can be difficult for educators, and taking steps to care for oneself and one’s colleagues is critical.

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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.