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How to help during a loss

What is grief?

  • Grief is a natural reaction to loss.
  • Each student’s grief experience is unique.
  • There are no “right” and “wrong” ways to grieve.
  • Every death is unique and will be experienced by your students in different ways.
  • The grieving process is influenced by a multitude of factors:
    • The nature of the death
    • The interpretation of the death
    • The status of the relationship between the student and the person who died
    • The emotional and developmental stages of students
    • The communities view of the death
    • Support systems available to students (school, family, friends, etc.)
  • Grieving never ends. It is a process and not something people “get over.”