School Services

Western Reserve Grief Services understands the impact grief can have on the school community, particularly as it strives to meet the goals of academic achievement and classroom management. 

ThinkstockPhotos-177027207.jpgBecause school personnel are an important part of their students' lives, their response in times of loss can be extremely helpful to students struggling with the death of a loved one. In fact, students often rely on teachers and school counselors to talk about things that are too painful to discuss at home.

Our team of bereavement professionals is here to help your faculty and staff members navigate the painful experience of grief and loss. School Services are supported by a generous grant from the Ridgecliff Foundation and The Nord Family Foundation.

Grief Support

Consultation and support services are available for staff, students and parents related to the anticipated or actual death of any member of the school community. We also offer ongoing support groups for students who have experienced a loss due to death.

The S.T.A.R.S. (Supporting Tears, Anger, Remembrance & Sadness) is an in-school grief support group for students who have experienced the death of a loved one. Groups will address student's grief reactions and promote effective coping skills.

Crisis Response

A sudden and unexpected death can generate a severe crisis. The bereavement center provides crisis intervention when there is a death that impacts a community. Examples include the death of a teacher, co-worker, police officer or student. We provide immediate phone consultation, which often results in on-site services within 24 to 48 hours. The focus of the crisis response supports leadership in the decision-making process and can include: crisis intervention, Critical Stress Incident Debriefing (CSID), informational sessions and staff support. We have crisis tool kits and hand-outs available at all times.


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Interactive class presentations are available for elementary, middle and high school students. Education on death, dying and bereavement can be incorporated into health or wellness classes. Activities to facilitate healing and promote healthy coping may be presented when a class has been directly affected by a particular loss.

Staff Education Programs

Formal and informal trainings can be tailored for the unique needs of a school or district. Topics include:

  • Anticipating a Death
  • Creative Interventions for Grief Support
  • Effects of Grief on Youth
  • Responding to Crisis, Grief Activities for the Classroom
  • Supporting Students Through Loss

Continuing education credits are available. Fees vary according to services and can be waived under certain circumstances. No one in need will be turned away because of finances.