“Stigma is still there surrounding suicide, and people take a step back as opposed to reaching out to the family or the child to help them through the process. I think that adds a layer of loneliness or difficulty to the person who’s dealing with that grief.” (School Guidance Counselor)

This module addresses the unique challenges for education professionals who are supporting students grieving a death by suicide. Suicide carries a stigma in our society and often leaves survivors with strong feelings of guilt, shame, regret, and anger. Effective and appropriate communication is important to promote the adjustment of survivors and to reduce the potential risk of others engaging in self-harm or attempting suicide.

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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.