Coalition to Support Grieving Students
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students is a unique collaboration of the leading professional organizations representing classroom educators (including teachers, paraprofessionals, and other instructional staff), principals, assistant principals, superintendents, school board members, and central office staff, student support personnel (including school counselors, school nurses, school psychologists, school social workers, and other student support personnel), and other school professionals who have come together with a common conviction: grieving students need the support and care of the school community.
The Coalition’s 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.
Nebraska Public Television recently aired a program generating national awareness about grieving families. The program, hosted by Katie Couric, interviewed four grieving families - exploring concerns and obstacles faced by families after experiencing the death of a loved one. As part of this initiative, Mourning Hope has received 300 resource kits. Available in both English and Spanish, these kits each contain a DVD, informational packet on how to support grieving children and a children's book. If you would like one of these free resource kits, please contact us. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Shared Grief Project
The simple fact that bereaved youth are not alone is one of the most important messages that a grieving child can receive. Through the Shared Grief Project, this message is communicated through the personal testaments of high-profile figures who can offer a sense of empathy, solidarity, and hope during a difficult time to grieving children and their families.
Family Lives On
Family Lives On is a program that provides free direct services through the "Tradition Program", they help children continue traditions they used to celebrate with their mother or father - but they don't do it with them. Family Lives On just provides all they need - amusement park tickets, baking ingredients, etc. for a surviving caregiver to do the tradition with them. It promotes intra family connection and communication, provides ongoing support and helps maintain an emotional bond with their deceased parent. Family Lives on serves all children ages 3-18 regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, geographic region (within the United States) or the cause of the parent's death. This continuing engagement establishes trust and allows us to be a point of referral to fellow NAGC members.
The Resource Library includes grief resources for both adults and youth covering a variety of topics, such as coping with grief, helping grieving children, coping with suicide, surviving after the death of a child and coping with serious illness. To view the books available through Mourning Hope's lending library, click on the topic-specific links below to download a full listing.