Supporting Students Who Are Grieving

Supporting Students Who Are Grieving

School-based support and increased understanding are essential when a student experiences the death of a friend or loved one.  While each student will be affected differently depending on his or her developmental level, cultural beliefs, personal characteristics, family situation, and previous experiences, the National Association of School Psychologists have developed these strategies that can be helpful in supporting bereaved students:

Additional resources from the National Association of School Psychologists are available by clicking here(link opens in a new window).

School Based Supports

Our school is staffed with school social workers and an art therapist who are able to support students who are grieving.  Should you feel that your child needs assistance during the school day, the best thing to do is to reach out to your child’s teacher or advisory teacher who can then connect you with the appropriate school-based resource.

Community Based Resources

There are a number of resources that are available in our community and we encourage parents and families to reach out to their child’s primary caregiver and/ or insurance provider for additional suggestions on resources that might be available.  The resources listed below are provided at low or no cost, and/or accept most insurance coverage.
Grief Support Groups 
Kyle’s KornerFREE
7106 W. North Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI
Adult and children’s support groups occur at the same time.  No fee for the groups.  Parents should call and register. Only have English speaking services.
My Good Mourning Place FREE
4005 W. Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI
Groups are held on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 pm.
 Parent/guardian groups run at the same time.  Children are given supper before the group session.
 No charge for groups.
Call ahead of time so they know how much food to prepare, but can just walk-in without calling also.

Warmline: 414-777-4729
A peer-run, non-crisis support line every night. 
Volunteer staff are available from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. most evenings.  
Behavioral Health Clinics in the Community
The Sixteenth Street Community Health Center

1032 S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr. 53204 & 2906 S. 20th Street 53215
Psychiatry and psychotherapy services for adults and children provided by bilingual (Spanish & English-speaking) counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists.
Accepts a variety of medical insurance, as well as offers a sliding fee scale for uninsured
Call for appointment
Center for Psychological Services (Marquette University)
604 N. 16th St. 414-288-3487
Behavioral Health Clinic that treats school-related attention disorders, depression, eating disorders, panic attacks, coping with loss, etc.
Fee for service determined by client’s ability to pay.
Open Monday, Thursday & Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM; Tuesday & Wednesday 8 AM to 8 PM.
Call for appointment
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