While it is difficult to think about, school counselors will at times be faced with the death of a student, staff member or close family member. This is a challenging situation for all involved. Having a general plan ahead of time and proceeding thoughtfully will help you support your community in moving past tragedy.
- Designate one person to be a liaison to the family and allow them to take the lead in your process. They can tell you what information they would like disclosed to your community and what might be a suitable memorial for the deceased.
- Be aware that any death in your community has the potential to bring up issues of past grief and loss for others, even if they are not directly impacted by the current situation. Be sensitive and prepared to help everyone work through their feelings.
- Proceed with caution when considering permanent memorials on school grounds. These can create problems, such as deciding how long to keep them, who will maintain them, the potential that this will bring up painful feelings in others and keep them from moving on.
- Incidences of suicide require special handling and should not be dealt with using the same protocol as a death caused by accident or illness.
- Template letter
- Grief Curriculum
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