Everyone is affected when a death or tragedy occurs within a school community. Please know that there is no right or wrong way to deal with grief and loss. Our hope is that the resources we have produced and gathered on this page will provide some support and guidance to help you find the process that works for you and for your child. It will take time to heal. It will also take support from others. Know that you are not alone in your grief, and that resources and help are available to you.
We recommend reading Helping Children Cope with Grief, an evidence-based article published by NASP. The article offers clear guidance for parents and caregivers, as well as a list of additional national resources on the subject of grief.
Sometimes it helps to talk to other people your own age who’ve had a death. Or to read about their experiences. There are no right or wrong ways to grieve a death. But there are some helpful and not-so-helpful ways that people grieve. You can learn about these things here.
Grownups seeking to support an adolescent should try to remember that a wide range of responses are considered ‘normal’ and there’s no one formula for providing support.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Children & Teen Book List from Our House, Grief Support Center