Additional Resources

Family Materials

Parent Booklet: After a Loved One Dies – English

Free guidance for parents and other caring adults on how to support grieving children, available in English and Spanish.

Family Materials

Parent Booklet: After a Loved One Dies – Spanish

Free guidance for parents and other caring adults on how to support grieving children, available in English and Spanish.

Guides & Policies

Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff

Guidelines to help school teams respond to the needs of students and staff after a loss has impacted the school community. From the USC National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

Guides & Policies

Guidelines for Responding to a Death by Suicide

Guidelines to help school teams respond to the needs of students and staff after a suicide has impacted the school community. From the USC National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

Guides & Policies

Booklet: Supporting Our Students

Developed by the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, this booklet offers advice to educators on how to support grieving students and how classmates can help.

Family Materials

Handout: Supporting Your Child

A handout to accompany the Supporting Our Students booklet and to advise parents and caregivers on supporting children who are grieving.

Additional Modules

Teacher Training: Supporting Grieving Students in Schools - Part 1

The first teacher module will help school staff understand the experience of the grieving student and includes information about how children understand death and express their grief. Open in Notes view to see the lecture notes.

Additional Modules

Teacher Training: Supporting Grieving Students in Schools - Part 2

The second teacher module presents practical suggestions about how school staff can initiate the conversation and offer support to the grieving student. Open in Notes view to see the lecture notes.

Additional Modules

Teacher Training: Supporting Grieving Students in Schools - Part 3

The third teacher module presents practical guidance about how to coordinate resources and manage special issues while you support the grieving child. Open in Notes view to see the lecture notes.

Additional Modules

Support for Military Line-of-Duty Deaths

Guidance for the support of children and family survivors of military line-of-duty deaths. Developed in collaboration with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) office, Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

Additional Modules

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

Guidance for the support of children and family survivors of police line-of-duty deaths. Developed by the Coalition to Support Grieving Students and Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) organization.

Articles & Other Publications

Supporting the Grieving Child and Family

A September 2016 clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, and Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council.

Articles & Other Publications

Book: The Grieving Student: A Teacher’s Guide

Written by David Schonfeld and Marcia Quackenbush, this practical guidebook helps teachers serve as a critical lifeline for grieving children of all ages.

Articles & Other Publications

Coping With the Death of a Student or Staff Member

Highlights the impact death can have on a school community and addresses emergency management planning, responding to a loss, and strategies for recovery. From the US Department of Education's ERCMExpress.

External Resources

New York Life Foundation - National and Regional Support

Contact information for national grief support organizations, along with a clickable map providing resources on a state-by-state basis.

External Resources

The Moyer Foundation - Camp Erin

Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.

Articles & Other Publications

Article: Coping With Loss

Examines the critical roles principals play in establishing a school climate where students and professionals can express emotions related to difficult events. From the NAESP's Principal Magazine.

Articles & Other Publications

Article: School Crisis Response Initiative

Describes an organizational model for school preparedness, effective responses to crises, and the role training plays in supporting children after a crisis. From the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Bulletin.

Articles & Other Publications

Article: Talking With Children About Death

Advice on how nurses can assist children of all ages in dealing with the deaths of significant others or their own impending death. It also covers the supporter’s needs. From the Journal of Pediatric Healthcare.

Articles & Other Publications

Book: How to Prepare for and Respond to a Crisis

Steps and guidance to prepare your school and school crisis team for any crisis that touches your school.