By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s estimated that one in twenty American children will lose a parent by age 18 and the vast majority will experience the loss of a family member or friend by the time high school is completed.READ MORE: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Urges People To Use Common Sense As State Of Emergency Remains In Effect
Teachers, who spend every day with children, often see grief as a normal part of life and so don’t really address it. In dealing with a school shooting, the focus may be trauma rather than grief.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Flooding In Philadelphia Area As Nor'easter Dumps Rain On Region
Kids who may be coping with the death of a sibling may be facing the dual challenge of their own emotions while trying to support grieving parents. Bereavement is not something you can diagnose and it’s not something you can treat.
To help schools, the Coalition to Support Grieving Students has launched a website with free materials and online professional development.MORE NEWS: Crashes, Wet Roads Plaguing Philadelphia Area On Tuesday Commute
Education Week is a good source of information with examples of responses, what to say and what not to say when talking to grieving students.