Video: Students and Grief — How to Deal with Loss in School

Video: Students and Grief - How to Deal with Loss in School

Death and grief will affect the lives of almost all children at some point, often leading to struggles with academic performance, social relationships, and behavior. The death of a loved one is immensely challenging for anyone, but children and teens can find it particularly difficult.

Scholastic.com, through the generosity of the New York Life Foundation, hosted a live, interactive Web cast on the subject of children and grief. Using actual scenarios from children and parents, developmental behavioral pediatrician Dr. David Schonfeld, an authority in the field of childhood bereavement, and New York Life Foundation President Chris Park discuss how children are affected by the death of a parent, sibling, or other beloved person. Find out the best ways caring adults can talk with grieving kids and how to help them understand and adjust to their loss. Learn how to better address this important topic and to learn more about the work being done by our Foundation to help make life a little easier for children who are grieving the loss of someone important in their lives. Dr. Schonfeld directs the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and also coordinated the training for school crisis teams for the New York City Department of Education in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and has extensive experience in pediatric bereavement and school crisis.


David Schonfeld, MD, is the director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement and a pediatrician/childhood grief expert at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Dr. Schonfeld will offer an overview of the scope of the issue and address common misconceptions. Dr. Schonfeld will introduce pre-taped testimonials of families to illustrate the process of recovery and the emotional concepts of guilt, discomfort, and isolation. acig_NationalCenter.jpg National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement


Chris Park, president of the New York Life Foundation, understands that grieving children carry emotions into the classroom and will outline a few key takeaways for educators to help their students dealing with bereavement: Educators can make a huge impact by just saying, "I'm here for you" and conveying the desire to connect and listen; this is 90 percent of the battle.

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