Crisis Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series #1: Principles of Commemoration and Memorialization

Original Webinar Date: 04/14/2020

This is the first in a three-part webinar series. (Part Two, Part Three)


Commemorative activities and memorialization in schools present opportunities for students and staff to take an active role in constructing an enduring memory related to a crisis event and to honor those whose lives were lost. As such, they can be important to help promote adjustment and recovery. But people, whether students, their families, or staff, often have very different -- and strong -- views about what should be done. If not done thoughtfully, the process can be contentious. This session reviews key considerations for planning commemorative and memorial activities in school settings. Presenter David Schonfeld, MD, FAAP, will draw from over 30 years of experience in helping schools and communities through this process.


Participants will be able to:

  • Anticipate and address spontaneous memorials in a school setting
  • Guide the process of incorporating student input into the process so that the activities are developmentally appropriate and of relevance to the students
  • Discuss the pros and cons of various forms of commemoration
  • Anticipate resistance that may be seen among students and staff related to commemoration and memorialization
  • Describe relevant policies schools should consider implementing related to commemoration and memorialization
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