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Aug 2011

The Grieving Student: A Teacher’s Guide

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Author Affiliation: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(8):767-768. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.119

Almost all children will be affected by the death of someone they know during their young lives. Although children can usually return to functional life soon after a significant loss, they will usually experience some sadness, anxiety, fear, anger, or confusion associated with bereavement for years afterward. Grief commonly manifests as academic, social, and emotional difficulties, but educators often lack the knowledge and understanding about how to support students in the classroom context. The Grieving Student: A Teacher's Guide was written to provide guidelines to teachers so that they can help children feel supported, cope with grief, and reengage with learning.