Talking With Children

Learn practical suggestions for how school professionals can initiate a conversation with students who have recently experienced the death of a close family member or friend. This information is relevant whether you are a school leader who will be reaching out to a student or family member to express condolences and offer supportive services on behalf of the school, a teacher welcoming a student back to class after a loss, or another school professional offering condolences or support.

View the video by chapters:

Why you should reach out to grieving students

Strategies for starting the conversation

Navigating reluctance and communicating with empathy

Simulated encounters

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