Discipline: Professional Resources

Copyright: 2021

Grade(s): 5 - 12

Delivery Method: Print

Imprint: Heinemann

Author(s): Brittany Collins

Learning from Loss: A Trauma Informed Approach to Supporting Grieving Students

Grief and grieving apply to anyone experiencing loss, even if that loss is not tied to a death. Though it may feel difficult to address the topics of grief and loss, as we return to school after an unprecedented year, it’s no longer a question of “if” or “should” but “when” and ”how.”

Learning from Loss is your guide to getting started with grief work, providing a path that can help you determine the best course of action in the wake of a loss that impacts a student or school community. You will find research, stories, strategies, activities, and reflection questions that offer a map with which to navigate grief-responsive classroom practices. Brittany includes suggestions for collaborating with a school counselor or other trained intervention professional should you have access to one, as well as alternatives if you do not. 

You can create a trauma-informed, grief-responsive classroom. Read Learning for Loss and discover tools that will help you make a difference in the lives of your students while protecting your own needs as well.