Judge Memorial Counseling Center offers grief support for students. Contact your student's counselor.
Resources for Tragedies Surrounding Violence
Below is a link for tips on how you can talk to your student about tragedies that happen in our world today. While it’s important to be honest and direct without minimizing the seriousness of violence, it is vital to also focus on the good in the world. Here is a link to Nine Tips for Talking to Kids About Trauma.
- Try and keep routines as normal as possible; kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school
- Limit exposure to television and the news
- Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle
- Listen to kids’ fears and concerns
- Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things
- Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress
- Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships
- Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- School Shootings and Other Traumatic Events: How to Talk to Students (National Education Association)