Grief Support Resources

Posted by Tracy Mayhue on 11/16/2015

 

Dear St. A's Parents,

As we come together as a school family to support one another and our students, the Social Emotional Learning Committee has partnered with LMU to provide you with helpful grief resources during this difficult time. 

Included below are links to documents and websites that come highly recommended by LMU, as well as resources from community partners who have stepped forward to show their support of our school. We are tremendously grateful for their care and concern for our St. A's student, parent and staff community. 

As you make use of these resources, a few things to keep in mind as your child processes the many different emotions and feelings grief can bring:

  • Students show their grief in many different ways and there is no way to predict how grief will manifest itself in thier behavior. We as adults can be a calm, reassuring person who is empathic to their grief. To simply listen as a child shares their feelings can bring much healing. 
  • We help students when we are aware of our own feelings. Loss and death can bring up a range of complex emotions including anger, guilt, helplessness, sadness and many more. Spend time thinking about what emotions this situation is bringing up for you and take time to tend to your own emotional response. 

OUR HOUSE Grief Center: http://www.ourhouse-grief.org/grief-pages/

The Dougy Center: The National Center for Grieving Children and Families http://www.dougy.org/grief-resources/

Scholastic: http://www.scholastic.com/childrenandgrief/

How To Talk To Your Grade-Schooler About Death

Please be in touch with any further questions or specific needs - tmayhue@st-anastasia.org

Eternal rest grant unto Monsignor Gonzales, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen.