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The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving by MS. Debra Holland

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chapter 12

Death at School

When someone at school dies

Grief reactions of students

Dealing with a student’s suicide

How to cope

We like to think of schools as safe harbors for our children, where they’re insulated from death. The reality is that students die, and so do their teachers, coaches, and well-liked staff members. Often this is a child’s first experience with death, or at least a death of someone he sees five days a week. When someone passes away at school, the impact on students can be quite strong.

Death Visits the School

A school is a close-knit community made up of students, teachers, coaches, support staff, parents, and volunteers. When someone at the school dies, the impact is felt by almost everyone. The death of a student ...

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