Best Practices for Supporting Grieving Students

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7 in 10 teachers report having at least one student in their class with a parent, guardian or sibling that died in the past year, and describe the following issues in their classroom: grieving students with difficulty concentrating in class; decrease in class participation; lower quality of work; and increased absenteeism. The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens in Northampton, MA has been working with grieving students in local schools for over six years.

Participants will learn about how the developmental stage of students affects grief reactions, hear engaging examples of classroom discussion topics and activities, and receive a book list for grieving youth of all ages.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Grades K - 12


Certificate of Attendance, 6 hours


Future training dates will be announces here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.