Burns provides an excellent, user-friendly guide to help school personnel navigate the tricky waters of children's grief. This is a welcome resource for school professionals.”

—Steve Hoff, Licensed Psychologist

Great Barrington, MA

The author's sensitivity and understanding of cultural variations in reaction to loss provide a much needed perspective to this important topic.”

—Heta-Maria Miller, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology

The College of Saint Rose

Help students deal with grief and loss in appropriate, healthy ways.

Most students experience some form of loss in their lives, and the resulting grief can profoundly affect their academic performance, emotional stability, and social interactions. Serving both as a resource and workbook, this reader-friendly primer helps educators and school counselors understand and respond to the extraordinary challenges that children and adolescents may face when dealing with loss and grief.

Featuring helpful charts, quotes, activities, case studies, reproducible handouts, and resources from national organizations, this sourcebook offers strategies to help students affected by divorce; death of a parent, relative, friend, or pet; violence; chronic illness; and more. The author examines grief experiences at different developmental levels and illustrates how to:

Respond appropriately to expressions of grief that are unique to children and adolescents; Help students handle emotions associated with loss; Promote communication and facilitate effective interventions; Determine when to refer a child to a specialist; Respect cultural attitudes toward loss and grief

This resource underscores the importance of understanding how children experience grief and loss and helps educators assist in ways that promote students' emotional health and recovery.

What do I Need to Know about Adolescents' Grief?

What do I need to know about adolescents' grief?

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, a compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

—Leo Buscaglia


Adolescence is a transitional period of development marked by biological, cognitive, social, and emotional changes. During this time, teens hover between the innocence and security of childhood and the independence and responsibility of adulthood. It's a time when identification of self and personal interests and values sometimes collide with the expectations of others. In this chapter, the developmental tasks of adolescence and the influences of family, peers, school, and technology will be ...

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