Provide an environment where the children feel comfortable in discussing his or her thoughts and feelings about the death.
Prepare the class for the return of a bereaved child by discussing what to say and what not to say.
Have the class write and discuss a condolence note.
Dedicate an issue of the school newspaper to the family.
Help prepare your classes for deaths that may happen in the future by providing learning opportunities. Some possibilities are:
In current events discuss a death currently in the news and talk about how that death might impact the family and friends of the deceased. This is a good opportunity to introduce concepts of grief and bereavement.
Include words such as death, dying, grief, mourning and bereavement, as appropriate on vocabulary lists.
Talk about life spans and how they differ.
In science, discuss the life cycle of plans and animals. Use the seasons in these examples.
Invite the school nurse to come and speak of the differences between terminal and non-terminal illness.
Discuss cultural and religious differences in funerals and other rituals.