Helping Children Cope with Grief and Loss

If your child is dealing with the loss of a loved one and needs additional support during school, please let his/her school staff know. In addition to your child's teacher and principal, assistance is available through the Guidance Department (grades 7-12), Family Services Coordinators (elementary grades), and school psychologists.


There are many childrens books on death and dying available to help your child discuss the situation. Several of these titles are available through our schools as well as local libraries.


The National Association of School Psychologists website also includes several tip sheets and resources to support your child in these difficult times.


The following local counseling resources are available for families through 24-hour telephone hotlines:

Adult & Child Services 317-882-5122

Centerstone 800-832-5442


Finding what is age-appropriate can be difficult when discussing death, loss and grief. Not only are adults unsure what words to use, children at different ages will express their loss differently. The following articles may be of assistance:

What Can my Child Understand?

Understanding the Needs of Grieving Children

How to Help a Grieving Teen

The Grieving Teen


Additional Resources:

National Alliance for Grieving Children

Recover from Grief