Child/Youth Grief

Below are grief-support resources for school staff, parents, and others
who care for children and youth who sorrow.


Coalition to Support Grieving Students

This is simply the best, most informative, and well-researched site available for grief-support resources for school staff.

National Alliance for Grieving Children

The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them. 

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement

Dedicated to helping schools support their students through crisis and loss.
An amazing compendium of downloadable resources

Canadian Virtual Hospice is a free online resource that helps parents support their children when someone in their life is dying or has died. It equips parents with the words and confidence needed to help children grieve life’s losses in healthy ways.

Books: Children's Grief

Books: Teacher/Caregiver Resources


Harvard Child Bereavement Study

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While the instinct is to overprotect, our children are natural mourners. They need a “significant adult” who brings sensitivity, honesty, a sense of inclusion and compassion, and allows children to be their own experts. We can’t take away or “fix” our children’s pain, anger, or fear; but we can support them through their grief process.

Download "Harvard Child Bereavement Study.pdf"

Teen Grief Curriculum

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This curriculum is presented as a work manual for the counselor facilitating adolescent grief groups in a school setting. It is a compilation of activities and handouts that are meant to be used, copied, added to or discarded according to the preferences of the user.

Most simply it is a sample eight-week teen grief group with suggestions for organization of each group meeting. There are introductory sections on setting up and running a group followed by the eight-week curriculum completed by the appendices of activities and handouts.

(c)2000 -2010 Scott Johnson, MA. All Rights Reserved.

Download "teen-grief-curriculum.pdf"

15 Things to Say to Help an Anxious Child Find Calm

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The Impact of Bereavement and Loss on Young People

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A wide-ranging review of the literature on the implications of bereavement for young people's lives.
Many young people have experienced the death of someone close to them – but do we understand the implications of bereavement for young people’s lives? In this study, the authors argue that bereavement is in fact a general – if difficult – part of growing up, and should be recognised as such. For some young people, a major loss may be a source of very significant disruption to their lives.

Download "The impact of bereavement and loss on young people.pdf"

When Students are Dying:
Providing Support in Educational Environments

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What do you do when:
  • Student's family member dies?
  • Your student with multiple disabilities dies and classmates ask questions?
  • Student has a terminal illness?
  • You are

Download "when-students-are-dying.pdf"

Kids Care:
Teacher Resource Package

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A classroom resource for exploring issues of loss and grief in children and families
Created by the Ontario Family Studies Leadership Council
in partnership with Sky Works Charitable Foundation

Download "KidsCareTeacherGuide_FULL.pdf"

Concepts of Death by Age Group

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The concept of death from a child’s perspective is very different from
an adult’s understanding of death. Furthermore, as the child grows and
matures, his/her earlier ways of thinking about death will change. It is
essential for the adult to have a sense of how children conceptualize
death at different ages so that when the time comes to talk about death,
whether of a pet or a loved one, the adult can respond in a manner
appropriate to the child’s developmental age.

Download "DeathByAgeGroup.pdf"

How Children Grieve:
Persistent Myths

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It seems both an obvious and unassailable fact that children will suffer, sometimes acutely, from the loss of important figures in their lives; yet it wasn't long ago that such profound sorrow wasn't widely acknowledged. It wasn't until Freud—not Sigmund, but his daughter Anna—shed light on childhood grief that the subject captured the attention and validation of researchers.

Download "How Children Grieve - persistent myths.pdf"