Help for Schools, Parents and Professionals who Support Children
A Challenge Like Never Before
In the spring of 2020, the world was faced with a challenge unlike anything it had ever experienced before.
A virus essentially locked down most of the world. Suddenly, we were all faced with an enormous change in routine, anxieties about our health, our finances and our loved ones, not to mention the challenges of balancing family, working from home and social isolation.
If you have children or work with children in a professional capacity, you undoubtedly realise the impact of these times on their emotional well-being. Younger children may have suffered from anxiety due to a threat they did not fully understand, older students had plans for class trips, prom, and their exams postponed indefinitely or cancelled altogether.
And all of us - without exception - experienced the loss of our familiar routine. For children, this often resulted in increased anger, behavioural issues, acting out, withdrawal or the decreased ability to concentrate.
Watch Grief Recovery MD Carole Henderson speak with TES UK about supporting students and teachers during and after lockdown
Why is it so hard to know what to do?
When we see a child in pain, we want nothing more than to help. If you're a parent, you probably know what it's like to feel responsible for your child's behaviour and their wellbeing. You may put yourself under enormous pressure to make things 'be okay'.
Educators often feel the need to "be strong" and take on a leadership role for the children in their care, and school administrators need to find just the right words when speaking to parents, their own staff, and their students. No small feat, especially when everyone is trying to cope with a difficult set of circumstances!
Start feeling more confident - now
You're busy - so we've put together resources that you can start using today to help the children in your care. Based on our decades of experience using the evidence-based Grief Recovery Method, we provide quick and easy strategies for all of your needs as an educator or parent:
Find the tools you need
Teachers, school administrators and those who work with children professionally will find a variety of tools and resources here.
Parents and carers will benefit from our Parent Resources.
Our books provide more in-depth knowledge and background information on bereavement and helping children with loss.
Our Helping Children with Loss programme gives teachers, parents and professionals practical tools for supporting a young person through difficult times and bereavement
Primary School Head Teacher and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist Deb Brown talks about how the Helping Children With Loss programme differs from other programmes and the effect it has had on her school.