When children are victims of a disaster, a school shooting, or perhaps the loss of a classmate or someone close to them, we, as parents, teachers, or mental health professionals need to know how best to assist their grieving process.
As the media reports on school shootings, deaths of children, and tragedy beyond comprehension, one comforting thought is there are trained professionals ready to step in during and after the crisis to help children deal with the loss.
Returning Shattered Lives Radio guest, Dr. David Schonfeld is tops in the field of child bereavement and now heads the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) which “aims to help prepare professionals working in schools, health care settings, and other community sites to be better prepared to meet children’s needs during and after crisis and loss.”
The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement serves as a resource for information, training materials, consultation and technical assistance related to crisis and loss to schools, agencies and organizations. We have made available a comprehensive selection of guidelines, parent guides, brochures and sample letters for you to use with your children and students including:
- School guides, tip sheets, webcasts and training modules
- Parent guides
- Psychological first aid
- Template letters for parents, students and staff
- Anniversary of September 11
Dr. Schonfeld’s resume lists global, as well as national organizations which he has been a part of over the many years in practice as a developmental-behavioral pediatrician.
The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement was established in 2005 with initial support from the September 11th Children’s Fund and the National Philanthropic Trust. The New York Life Foundation is currently providing generous support for the Center.
Another worthwhile organization, of which NCSCB is a lead founder, the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, whose “purpose is to create and share a set of industry-endorsed resources that will empower school communities across America in the ongoing support of their grieving students.”
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students is comprised of organizations whose members play an important role in reaching grieving children at school, including teachers, administrators, principals, school psychologists, school social workers, school counselors, and school nurses.