helping students with loss & grief

for element@ry staff * sel * Haldane Elementary * March 2016

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Hello, Staff

Sadly, throughout the school year, our students may experience a loss. It might be a family member, a school friend, an family illness, a pet or a move. Here are some good sites to explore this topic for yourself and the child. Also, they may help if you are experiencing loss at this time.

tips to support grieving children

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words that can help, words that can hurt

what to say to someone who is grieving

  • I am so sorry for your loss.
  • I wish I had the right words, just know I care.
  • I don’t know how you feel, but I am here to help in anyway I can.
  • You and your loved one will be in my thoughts and prayers.
  • My favorite memory of your loved one is….
  • I am always just a phone call away.
  • Give a hug instead of saying something.
  • We all need help at times like this, I am here for you.
  • I am usually up early or late, if you need anything.
  • Saying nothing, just be with the person

“demonstrate respect, care and personal regard for students, staff and parents.”

lessons for teachers below on feelings and empathy

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when grief hits close to home

from the national association of school psychologists

for your student

Someone in my family has cancer: A video for kids and parents HD

a lovely video below

but for a fun day approaching...

a previous flyer on friendships and cliques

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created by

linda campbell

social emotional learning resources for families and staff

Haldane Elementary School