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(p. 82) Family Considerations in Supporting Bereaved Students 

(p. 82) Family Considerations in Supporting Bereaved Students
(p. 82) Family Considerations in Supporting Bereaved Students

Melissa J. Hagan

and Allie Morford

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date: 21 September 2021

This chapter reviews the role of the family in a student’s grieving process and the role the school-based mental health professional can play in supporting the families of bereaved students. Key challenges that caregivers face in supporting bereaved youth are addressed. Strategies that school-based professionals can use to engage family supports around the student are discussed. Key considerations, including the age and developmental level of the student, and family cohesion, are highlighted. The differing impacts of varying types of death, including the death of a parent or a sibling, expected versus sudden deaths, and stigmatized deaths, are also discussed.

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