How to Cope with Grieving Students

It can be very hard being a child or teenager when you lose someone who is dear to you, especially if it’s your parents. At this very young age, dealing with this difficult situation is not easy. And what is more saddening about such a scenario is that kids can not accept or understand right away what is really happening. Kids at this age are still students. These grieving pupils won’t be able to focus on their studies. And now, it’s the teacher’s responsibility to look after the child’s welfare, after all, the school is considered as a second home. Teachers can help mournful students to move on and see the world differently, even though they are in grief. That’s why teachers have a big role to fill in becoming second parents is such an unfortunate situation takes place.

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Child Bereavement Needs Special Attention

A happy child is overflowing with love and care from people who hold him dear, particularly his parents. The feeling of comfort and security is always there because he knows he’s well protected. But what happens if one day his parents are suddenly taken away from him? Will he be ready? Children with loving families will never be prepared if unfortunately their parents pass away without a warning. This is because they have always known that their parents would always be there for them through thick and thin, even until they grow up and become adults. Kids whose parents die suddenly should fall under a special care supervision. Yes, there are other close relative who can supervise and act as their second parents, but the distress of losing someone in the family who’s been taking good care and showing them

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Oregon Will Be the First State to Permit Leave Due to Loss

Oregon will become the very first state to allow its employees some time off due to the loss of a loved one. This will be effective starting January 1st of 2014. While this is great news, note that this is only applicable to certain private company employers to provide. There are also several things needed to be done to avail of this privilege. The eligible employers can now add “bereavement leave” as part of the allowable reasons for leaving work. Additionally, they’ll have to give up to 2 weeks of work leave per death of one family member. This is defined similarly as the other allowable leaves mandated by OFLA per se – spouse, same gender partner, parent, child, etc. There are also other laws passed to be effective January 1st 2014. For information on this and more, click here.

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Helping Young Children Understand Death

Many young children cannot differentiate between fantasy and reality and they depend on us, adults, to help them. Whenever a loved one dies, it is important to give simple and honest explanations. Saying that we don’t know won’t help at all and will only leave them feeling confused. Remember that many children are already aware of death. They see plants and insects die. They can see death on television and in video games, etc. Talking to them about death honestly will help explain a life condition that they’ve already seen. It is also important that children understand that it is acceptable to cry and be sad because it is part of the human condition. Click here to read more.

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The Sad Truth About Losing Someone to Suicide

Postvention Australia is a new non-government organization aimed at supporting Queenslanders who lost loved ones to suicide. This organization is comprised of Australia’s topnotch experts about suicide related issues. Their aim is to help the bereaved in the coping process. An internationally renowned expert on suicide, Prof. Diego de Leo, said, “Many did not realize that the people left behind were sometimes at risk of suicide as well.” Below are the sad truths about this kind of bereavement and suicide: – Suicide-bereaved people are six times prone to suicidal attempts than other causes of death. – Every day, seven people die in Australia because of suicide. – Almost 180 people attempt suicide per day in Australia with half of it so severe that they require hospitalization. Further information about bereaving from losing a loved one to suicide can be read

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Guiding Students Through Trying Times

Students deal with all kinds of tragedies – death of a loved one, suicide, parent’s divorce, and shootings. While these are more obvious ones, there are also less obvious minor tragedies like break-ups, failing grades, not getting the car they want, and more. Although these things may seem trivial to an adult, all of these are a big deal to a student so they should be taken seriously. When a student is going through trying times like losing a loved one, one of the best things that you can offer them is to be there all the time. Make your presence known and let them feel that you sincerely care. Allow them to share what they are feeling. The most important thing that we can do is to have a solid foundation of relationship. You don’t need to have the

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