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The Grieving Student -- A Teacher's Guide -- By David Schonfeld, M.D., & Marcia Quackenbush, M.S., M.F.T., C.H.E.S.

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Death and grief will affect the lives of almost all children at some point, often leading to struggles with academic performance, social relationships, and behavior. Teachers can be a critical lifeline for a grieving child—and now they have a practical guidebook to help them provide sensitive support to students of all ages.

Author David Schonfeld is the national go-to expert on childhood bereavement and school crisis—a veteran consultant to school crisis teams, he has trained thousands of professionals in the wake of events such as 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina. Partnering with family therapist Marcia Quackenbush, he guides teachers through a child's experience of grief and loss, illuminates the classroom issues that grieving may trigger, and empowers teachers to undertake the rewarding job of reaching and helping their students. Educators will get the real-world tips, strategies, and insights they need to

  • explain the major concepts of death in age-appropriate ways

  • respond constructively to children's common feelings and behaviors after a death

  • initiate and maintain positive, helpful communication

  • learn what to say and what not to say when a child or family is grieving

  • use simple commemorative activities at school to help students cope with their feelings

  • address children's responses to different causes of death, including suicide, illness, and violence

  • help a child who is "stuck" in a difficult phase of grief

  • provide ongoing assistance when triggers of grief renew a child's sense of loss

  • notify and support students after a death that affects the whole school community

Throughout the book, powerful vignettes and examples give teachers a vivid inside look at what their students may be feeling and how an educator's words and actions can make a difference. And because teachers may struggle with their own emotions as they help their students, the book shows them how to manage a wide range of feelings, from discomfort with discussing death to personal identification with the child's loss.

With this how-to guide to one of the most delicate issues an educator will encounter, teachers will give students the support they need to cope with grief and work their way back to full participation in academic and social life.

"If there were just one book I would recommend to the teachers of my children, this absolutely would be it."—Therese A. Rando, Ph.D., BCETS, BCBT; Clinical Director, The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss

"Provides a window into the personal experiences of the bereaved child and offers practical and easy-to-follow strategies that teachers and schools can immediately utilize."—Thomas Demaria, Ph.D., Director, Psychological Services Center and 9/11 Family Center Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Long Island University

Table of Contents


About the Authors
Foreword
MaryEllen Salamone
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Yes, This Matters

1: Why Schools and Teachers? Isn't This Someone Else's Job?

2: How Children Understand Death

3: When a Death Occurs in a Child's Life

4: Support for Grieving Children: What to Do

5: Communication: Ways to Make Contact and Keep It Going

6: Working with Families

7: Special Concerns for Bereaved Children

8: Providing Support over Time

9: When an Entire School Is Affected

10: Seriously Ill Students: When Death Is a Concern

11: Memorialization and Commemoration

12: Taking Care of Yourself

Afterword: Support for the Present and the Future
References
Study Guide
Index

 


 

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