Each year we inevitably support our students through grief- loss of a pet, family member, friend, and now through COVID-19. So how do we support our students through their grief? Here’s how I’m supporting my students through small groups and beyond:
Grief Small Groups
Grief small groups are are wonderful way to reach many students at once and connect them as their travel through their journey of grief. I find groups so powerful because they unite students and provide a therapeutic experience they might not get in one on one settings.
I like to keep groups as interactive as possible- reading, games, discussions, making connections through teamwork, etc. As with my entire program I limit the use of worksheets. I find this keeps students more engaged and provides a much needed break from the classroom.
After my amazing intern led a spectacular grief group with 4th-5th graders last year, I put together their favorite activities into this 6 week curriculum.
Introductions and Icebreakers
Ruff Feelings- feelings identification and connections