ERIC Number: ED369634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Working Together: When Death Comes to School.
Considine, Ann S.; Steck, Linda P.
When students are faced with a death in the school, the school needs a plan to help students through the experience. Teachers should create a secure atmosphere in which students can share their feelings, ideas, and beliefs with classmates and teachers. Objectives of the plan involve students seeing death as a natural part of life, pursuing personality growth, increasing self-awareness, and understanding the stages of grieving. Guidelines for helping students deal with death include letting students express their feelings, using simple and direct language about death, helping students know they are not responsible for the death, presenting material in a nonmoralistic fashion, being sensitive to students who have emotional reactions, telling students the truth, and telling students that adults do not have all the answers. Numerous books that deal with death and dying are available for use in the school. Some strategies that may be used consist of considering the child's past experiences, speaking in a calm natural tone of voice, meeting individual needs, listening to the child, addressing the child's fears, and encouraging the child to interact with family members. Includes a list of books dealing with death and dying. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Montgomery, Diane, Ed. Rural Partnerships: Working Together. Proceedings of the Annual National Conference of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (14th, Austin, Texas, March 23-26, 1994); see RC 019 557.