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Grief - responding to a grieving child and questions about death and dying

grief and lossBy Rachel Pratt
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Grief comes in many forms and affects people in different ways. 

Dealing with grief is often a very difficult situation for teachers to deal with.

Teachers may be worried about saying the wrong thing to children or they may be worried that they will upset the child or their family.

Supporting a grieving child can be distressing for a teacher, however it is important that teachers do not try to avoid dealing with a child’s grief, or with their own grief when it comes to the death of a child, colleague or parent in their service; there are many ways that a teacher can support children’s grief in a sensitive and caring manner.

This article covers:

1.  Preparing for grief and loss
2.  What does grief look like in young children
3.  What you can do to support a grieving child

Has there been a death?  Then see also other articles on supporting children when their pet dies (click here) and supporting children after the death of a child or adult at the service (click here).  

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