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Grief and Loss Resources for Educators

The experience of personal loss weighs heavy on all of us, especially now as we continue adapting to a new way of life.
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Published: 10/19/2020

NEA is a proud founding member of the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, a unique collaboration of leading professional organizations representing public school educators as well as other school professionals who have come together to provide grieving students with the support and care of the school community. Its purpose is to create a set of industry-endorsed resources to empower school communities across America in their ongoing support of grieving students.

To support educators and students during these rapidly evolving times, we’ve gathered a list of grief and loss resources for self-care, wellness, and resiliency from the Coalition and some of its member organizations.


National Children's Grief Awareness Month

When Students Grieve, How Can Educators Help?

The death of a parent or sibling is a common experience for students, and yet many return to school and don't get the support they need. As National Children's Grief Awareness Month approaches, educators are poised to help.
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Back to School 2021: Grieving Students, Transitions and COVID-19

2021 is a different kind of back to-school year. As schools move toward full in-person learning, students and educators alike continue to adapt.
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Webinar: Grief and Self Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This webinar provides an overview of the impact that profound personal losses suffered during the COVID 19 pandemic have had on many and suggests strategies that can be utilized to facilitate mourning as well as promote self-care, wellness, and resiliency.

Leadership Institutes

Become an effective leader and advocate for your students, your coworkers, and public education through NEA’s Leadership Institutes.

Resources on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Student and Educator Mental Health

Supporting our students’ and educators’ mental health with social emotional learning (SEL) helps the whole school community thrive.
National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.