The last day of school isn’t something that all kids look forward to. Children or teens who are grieving a loss can find this a complicated time. Here are some tips that can help:
Tip 1: Not all kids look forward to the end of the school year.
When a child is grieving, the end of the year may represent a loss and can re-activate or amplify grief.
Tip 2: School provides a sense of structure.
Being in school provides structure and respite for grieving kids. There might be an increase in anxiety in anticipation of more fluid summer plans.
Tip 3: There are signs that a grieving child might need more support:
The child or teen may exhibit increased outbursts, become more easily overwhelmed by stress or emotional situations, show increased withdrawal, and/or an additional need for adult attention.
Tip 4: Grieving kids and teens are often unaware their behaviors are connected to the loss they experienced.
Providing support through the end of year transition is important. You can do it by listening, providing a compassionate presence, and serving as an advocate if needed.
TRU Community Care’s Boulder Healing Circles program can help.
Call 303-604-5330 or click here to find how TRU’s grief support program for children, teens and adults can make a difference.