Chapter 1: Your own grief

Acknowledging and responding to your own grief

man laying in bed“It was hard trying to support my students when I was feeling so upset myself. Aiden’s presence was so missed by everyone in the classroom – including, maybe especially, me”. - Teacher 

You may face many personal and professional challenges when a student is ill or dying. 

Click on the arrows below to see what some of these challenges may be. 


Allow yourself to acknowledge whatever feelings or thoughts come up. Remember to make use of whatever supports, and resources are available to you through your school and community. By taking care of yourself, you’ll be modelling healthy ways to respond to grief.