042922 grief

Helping your child deal with grief, loss and bereavement
Posted on 04/29/2022

We would like to share some guidance with our families about helping children deal with grief, loss and bereavement.
Grief is a natural reaction to loss and can affect every part of our lives — physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Grief reactions range from anger, guilt and anxiety to changes in appetite or behavior.

Families are often our student’s main source of support, some suggestions that may prove helpful are:
Your child needs to feel that they are allowed to express their thoughts and feelings regarding the incident without the fear that they will be judged negatively. Listen carefully and affirm that you understand what they are feeling and thinking.
Continue to comfort your child by sharing that you will be there for them, and you will see them through this period of grief.
You may need to spend additional individualized time with your child. Try to structure your time with them by playing games, having discussions and going places. During your time together, focus a majority of your attention on your child.
Don’t be hesitant to ask your student how they are coping, even though you may expect an answer of, “fine.” The fact that you ask will be important to your student, even though they may not show this.
Keep in touch with your student’s teachers to monitor their academic performance.
Regardless of your student’s response to you, reassurance is comforting to them that you are there if they need any assistance. You may want to outline just how you can help them (e.g. by talking or getting professional help).
In times of need, the Calhoun ISD Critical Incident Response Team is here to support our students, staff, and community. If your child is experiencing grief from a loss, please let us know how we can support you, contact your school counselor, we are here to help.

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