Unfortunately, I have had to deal with grief at the high school level too many times to count. I have run numerous small groups for grief, and I am so encouraged to watch students grow and process their emotions.
Our team has set up a protocol for what to do when a student dies, but each situation is a little different. When this happens, we are usually alerted the night before. I usually can’t sleep as I lay in bed wondering what the next day is going to entail.
I hope to put out a full grief group curriculum soon, but this can be something to have on hand when you need it. I wanted something to put on my shelf to pull out in individual counseling, small group, or in case of an emergency… because grief at school is NOT something you plan for. You have to be prepared.
Ways You Can Use the Grief Conversation Kites:
1- Grief group for students grieving the death of a classmate
2- Grief group for students who have had a loved one/family member/friend die
3- Activity on grief for a group of students of incarcerated parents
4- Individual counseling with a student to read out loud and process their feelings about grief