WHO DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION SERVE?
Though Scholastic is the largest children’s book publisher in the world, we also provide resources for teachers, parents and children on our website. Our "Children and Grief" page provides guidance and support resources for teachers and families who may be helping a child cope with loss.
WHAT IS THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
There is no "best" way to grieve, and there are no cookbook approaches to taking the pain away from children. Children of different ages have different styles of adapting and different abilities to understand abstract concepts such as death, love, and marriage. Since children have less time and fewer skills to help them adjust to these situations, they are more vulnerable to loss than adults.
HOW DO YOU HELP THEM?
- Learn about how children grieve differently than adults- There is wide variation in the ways that children understand death. For most children, death is a new experience. And like all new experiences, the unknown can be confusing and frightening. In the face of death, adults may feel helpless about how to provide answers and comfort. Learn more about how children grieve with these articles and resources
- Learn how teachers can help a grieving student- Read the expert advice in these articles to discover how you can support grieving children in your classroom.
- Learn how you can support loss within the school community- Read the articles below to learn how educators can help members of school communities at times of loss.
- Classroom activities- Here we provide activities that help students of all ages deal with grief.
- Resources- Here you will find a suggested reading list, a list of support groups, and a list of helpful grief organizations.
WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?
Music to Grieve toListening to sad music after losing a loved one, being diagnosed with a terminal illness, or finalizing a divorce might seem counterintuitive, but this somber sounding activity has been proven to help.
Nothing can prepare you for grief, nor is there a right or wrong way to deal with it, but sad music is an easily accessible and highly effective tool that can help you begin to heal.Learn How Sad Music Can Help You