Chapter 2: Preparing for a student’s death
“Given the young age of the students in my class, many of the parents were really struggling with how to talk to their kids about their classmate’s illness and the fact that she would die. I encouraged parents to be honest with their children about what was happening, just as we were doing in class, and it also helped to have some resources tailored to this age group for parents”. – Kindergarten teacher
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See also:For additional information and communication tips, see Chapter 1 – Communication strategies in Module 2 – Supporting Grieving Students.
Communicating with other parents
Communicating with and keeping the parents of your other students informed about classroom discussions as well as providing information about the specific illness and changes in the ill student’s condition will help you (and the parents) support the students together.
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Help parents prepare for their discussions with their children about death and dying.
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Information that is specific to the ill student can be shared in accordance with their wishes and those of their family.
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Help parents prepare for the questions their children may ask.
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Is an opportunity for you to provide useful information about the illness, death and grief, as well as local resources.
See also:How Children Grieve