Providing Support Over Time

“Teachers don’t understand that even though it was a long time ago, it’s still really hard for me.” (Student)

Children don’t get over grief in a fixed amount of time. Feelings of sadness and grief may be re-visited at each birthday or holiday, during important transitions such as graduations, or because of grief triggers that arise years after the loss. This module explains how educators and schools can offer support over time that helps students make sense of their experiences and stay productive in their academic, social and family life.

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The goal and function of supportive intervention in schools

The long-term nature and implications of grief

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