is available to guide schools, communities, companies and other groups
of people through the crisis of a key person dying. She has been involved
following the crash of SwissAir Flight 111
departments after the death of a firefighter
care centres following the death of a student
and high schools when a student dies
following the deaths of employees
teachers and students following the sudden and tragic death of a student
dealing with the deaths of students
uses a crisis support model adapted to each specific situation. The following
is an example dealing with a death in a school:
Support Model - Death in a School
When a death occurs in a school setting, as tragic as it is, it is
an opportunity to help students develop healthy coping skills that will
prepare them for life. It is important to deal with the situation at every
level and in each classroom.
teachers and all staff in a school need the opportunity to react
to the death of a student, parent, teacher or support staff member.
It is important to be aware that one loss often triggers old losses
and staff need the opportunity to express their own concerns and reactions
before they can be expected to help students deal with the tragedy.
Teachers often have many questions re. childrens grief that need
to be recognized, discussed and answered.
all students in a school dealing with the death of a member of
its community need the opportunity to react to the situation, share
their thoughts and feelings and talk.
parents/guardians also have many questions about how to help
their children deal with a tragic situation. They need a forum to talk
about their concerns.
is available to guide the school through the crisis. She will meet with
the staff first and then help teachers to talk about the situation with
their classes or will meet students and lead discussions in individual
classrooms. She also encourages and will facilitate a general Parent Meeting
to answer their questions and validate this school-wide approach.