Help for Schools

empty classroomWhen a death occurs in a community, parents and other adults have an opportunity to turn a tragedy into a learning experience.  It is also an opportunity to become closer to the children and teens in your life.

As a role model, your ability to share and communicate openly empowers the children and teens around you to express their feelings more comfortably, and helps them to learn empathy and concern for others.

Give children and teens the facts in a simple, straightforward manner. If you don't have answers to certain questions, it's okay to say "I don't know the answer to that question, but I will try to find out.  Ask them what they have heard or know.  Ask if there are any words they don't understand.

Use direct, concrete language. Say the words that apply: "accident" "dead" "critical condition" "suicide"  "survivor" or "victim".

Be prepared for a crisis, review our Community Crisis Checklist before a crisis happens.

Visit our resource center for information such as:

A Guide for Teachers about Grieving Students: what's your role as a teacher?

Sample Letter to Parents When there has been a Death in the School Community: clear communications are key to dispelling rumors and fostering trust.

Look for other resources under the topic/tag "communication" or "schools".

 

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