Crisis Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series #2: Supporting Grieving Students During a Pandemic

Original Webinar Date: 05/28/2020

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


Bereavement outside the context of a crisis is common – the vast majority of children experience the death of a close family member or friend. These deaths have a significant and often long-term impact on learning, social and emotional development, behavior, and adjustment. This presentation provides practical suggestions on how schools can talk with and support grieving children in general.

The current pandemic is associated with a large and growing number of deaths. Physical distancing, including lengthy school closures, makes it difficult for schools to provide support to grieving students using traditional means. This presentation also highlights the unique challenges for supporting students during the pandemic and describe free resources from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students that can be used to address these challenges.


By participating in the session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain death to a young child
  • Advise educators on what not to say and how to initiate conversations
  • Feel comfortable supporting a student of a different cultural background
  • Describe ambiguous loss and understand how knowledge of grief applies to loss other than bereavement, including during the current pandemic
  • Recommend accommodations for grieving students, which is also relevant for students adjusting to the pandemic or other traumatic experiences
  • Understand secondary losses and the impact they have on grieving students
  • Anticipate and address grief triggers in school settings
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