The Coalition to Support Grieving Students: AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly 9.16.20

The Coalition to Support Grieving Students 

Grieving Students AfterTalk Grief Support
The current COVID-19 Pandemic has caused a large and expanding number of deaths in the United States and abroad, while also requiring the implementation of social distancing measures, including lengthy school closures, that makes it increasingly difficult to provide bereavement support to grieving students in the usual ways we relied upon prior to the pandemic. The Coalition to Support Grieving Students was created to ensure that no child had to grieve alone-the free video-based and print resources can be used to meet this goal even during social distancing. This guidance will underscore some of the unique characteristics of grief during a pandemic and highlight resources on the Coalition to Support Grieving Student website for addressing these challenges. Given that this is an evolving pandemic, information will change over time (this is current advice as of April 5, 2020); we aim to create new resources and will post them on the Coalition website.

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Grieving Students AfterTalk Grief Support

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.


Every Wednesday we will be publishing Pandemic Weekly for, we hope, not too long. We invite you to submit your thoughts, essays, poems or songs. Please send to
Many Thursdays we publish “AfterTalk Weekly.” We invite readers to submit their own poem, essay, or suggestions for publication. If you are a therapist you are welcome to extend this invitation to your clients as well. Please send your submission to

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