Grief in the Classroom
Why design this online space for teachers?
Because we know grief is present in our classrooms.
Whether it has arrived through the normative, predictable transitions and events of children living their daily lives, or through nonnormative, unpredictable, unforeseen events such as pandemics, serious illness, death and trauma – all of this brings loss and therefore grief and grieving.
Because we know grief is a healthy response to loss.
By supporting it we are supporting our children’s mental health and development.
Because we know teachers and classrooms play important roles in the life of a child.
When a child experiences a compassionate school community, when they experience a sense of inclusion and belonging in their grief, they are more likely to have a healthy grief experience.
We appreciate the sense of vulnerability that can arise with loss and stepping into uncomfortable conversations, the worries about “getting it wrong”, about “making things worse” – these are all very real and speak to our human capacity for compassion and our needs for safety and belonging.
We want to support teachers and companion them as they step into conversations about loss, about grief, about emotions, about when life doesn’t go according to plan. As teachers step into these conversations, they are fostering resilience and emotional intelligence in their classrooms.
Modules and Resources for Download
Guidelines for Facilitation and Creating a Climate of Safety and Mattering in Your Classroom
Building Block #1: Acknowledging the Grief and Loss Present in Your Classrooms
Grief-Related Activities for Your Classroom: Kindergarten
Grief-Related Activities for Your Classroom: Grades 1 and 2
Grief-Related Activities for Your Classroom: Grades 3 and 4
Grief-Related Activities for Your Classroom: Grades 5 and 6
In the next coming weeks we’ll be adding…
- More videos for deeper understanding of how children grieve, how that grief might show up in the classroom, and options to work with the grief in ways that are both supportive and educational.
- More grief-related activities with detailed facilitation guides targeted for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6.
- Ideas for self-care for teachers. Grief in the classroom affects teachers too!
- Virtual workshops to explore more of the practicalities of working with grief and loss in the classroom.