Grief Counselors Can Help Children at School Grieve Tragic Accidents
In previous blogs we discussed how children react to the loss of a classmate. The article below talks about these ideas in action when an unfortunate summer accident led to the loss of a classmate for the entire school. Grief Counselors who specialize in child grief were called upon the scene.
Sarah Baraba of Suburban Journals describes the story in her article, “Grief Counselors Help Students Cope with Loss in Classroom”.
“Rogers Middle School students returning for the new school year were met with familiar faces of teachers and peers, but there was one face that was missing.
Christopher Marks, who would have started seventh grade this month, drowned in the Meramec River a few weeks before the first day of school.”
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Millie Richmond’s short illustrated story about a boy who loses his father shows the emotions and thoughts of a little boy who is experiencing grief. The book illustrates what the child thinks in response to well intentioned but uninformed adults who hope to guide the child through grief. From the pastor to the boy’s aunt, one finds a variety of common things usually said to children in grief that are detrimental to the child’s grief support.
In this way, “Daddy’s Gone” not only can be therapeutical for a child but also informative for an adult who overuses various pithy sayings during times of grief. More information can be found on “Daddy’s Gone” at www.millierichmond.com. There you can also purchase in bulk for work groups of grieving children.
If you are interested in Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling, please also review our site and learn more about how a child grieves and other books on child grief.
Mark Moran, MA, GC-C, SCC-C