I like that this document is brief, informative and accurate. It gives some simple and effective tips on how to guide children through a period of grief, loss and death. It separates common signs and behaviors into age groups, making it easy for teachers of any age groups to help their students.
This extensive book list offers something for all age groups. These stories are not just useful as a resource when a child in your class is experiencing grief and death, but can be read at any time. They are an effective way to explain and promote discussion about a difficult topic. It might also be worthwhile loaning a particular book to an individual student if need be.
In the awful occasion of the death of a member of the school community it can be hard to cope. This article offers not only suggestions for helping children, but how the school might manage the entire situation. Whilst there is no straightforward answer, this article offers ideas regarding memorials, counseling, teacher support and community support.
This book offers a more in-depth resource on how to help students through a period of loss and grief. It is certainly worth having a copy in your school. Written by childhood crisis experts, it will help teachers delicately help students.
Fast forward to the 40 minute mark, act three of the podcast. It discusses the need for children to talk about death in real terms. Whilst it may not be entirely appropriate to talk about death in such a raw way in a school setting, it is important for teachers to know that if a child experiences death they may talk about things quite differently. They need to be able to express these feelings. Sometimes, honesty is the best policy, even when it comes to death.
This is the website of the facility discussed in the previous resource. It explains the services that The Sharing Place offers, but also provides links and documents that many teachers will find useful.
Death by suicide can be even more difficult. Children and families not only have to deal with the loss of a loved one, but come to terms with how and why they died. This article offers some useful tips and guidelines for carers and schools.