FREE Grief Activity: Helping Students Cope with Grief

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FREE Grief Activity:  Helping Students Cope with Grief
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FREE Grief Activity: Helping Students Cope with Grief


Tragedy is unpredictable, but there are some things we can do to prepare for it just in case…

Possibly you will want to download this FREE resource, since we never know when our students or our school might have to suddenly deal with an unfortunate tragedy.

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I hope this FREE resource can help-I know it helped my students when we faced the unthinkable...

As a high school teacher I saw my share of grieving students during many tragedies that rocked our whole school community. My school had several student suicides over the years I was there, two high speed driving deaths, and several accidental deaths.

I have to admit I didn't quite know what to do as my students sat in my room grieving. I wanted to give them comfort and hope, but I wasn't sure how to go about it.

I asked my school counselor for suggestions and she gave me the idea for the "Head to Heart to Head" activity. It was fantastic for helping students open up and talk about the tragic events in a reflective and more productive way.

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“Head to Heart” is the perfect activity when there is shocking news, allowing everyone to personalize the event and be able to say where they were when they heard about the tragedy, or how they felt, or what they’re thinking and feeling about it now.

The activity involves 3 scripted questions where students go around and answer (or say "pass"). Others listen. The 3 questions following a tragedy are:

1) What was your first thought when you heard the new about__________________?

2) What has been the most difficult part of this for you?

3) Share ways they think our school and students can pull together and help each other overcome this?

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This resource includes:

1) "Head to Heart to Head" Activity

2) Additional questions to ask after a tragedy

3) Ideas to help schools overcome tragedies (i.e.: decorate a fence that can be seen from the road, play music at lunch..)

4) "Ways Teens Can Help Grieving Teens"

5) "Signs of Clinical Depression and Suicide"

6) "Ways Teens May React to Tragedy"

7) "Ways to Respond to Teens Who are Grieving" (for adults)

8) "DABDA Resource Sheet"

9) Additional articles to help you help your students

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Sincerely, Mrs. S.

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