Student grief – what schools can do

October 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

Dealing with students affected by death and loss is an emotional event for school staff. There are resources to assist.

From the National Association of School Psychologists, Death and Grief in the Family: “Loss is a natural and expected part of life. Before reaching adulthood, the majority of children and adolescents will experience the loss of a close or special person. Therefore, it is very important for educators and staff at all levels to have a strong understanding of the ways in which they can support grieving students. This includes having a solid understanding of expected grief reactions as well as the ability to identify reactions or behaviors that are indicative of unhealthy mourning. School personnel should be aware of the resources available for bereaved students at their school sites as well as in their communities, and be ready and willing to direct both students and families to needed support.”  (p. 1)


TDSB provides professional support services to assist schools, students and families. The TDSB Social Work and Attendance department posts a help page at


The Professional Library has created a couple of resource lists:

  1. GriefDelinked2014 (professional resources for TDSB teachers )
  2. GriefForStudents2014 (created by Lauren, one of our fabulous librarians, this is a selected list of fiction resources . Check your school or local public library for availability, and review the content before sharing with students.)

Check them out!




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