Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 4821 If your child doesn’t want to tell people at school what happened, it is still wise to let their teachers and the school counselor know they may need additional support. Bear in mind that not all school personnel may be as understanding of this difficult subject as one might hope. Encourage them to recognize the child’s loss, but to refrain from identifying the child solely in terms of the loss. It may also be helpful to point school administrators to additional resources such as AFSP’s After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools: afsp.org/AfterASuicideToolkit. How can my child talk about the suicide death with other children or adults at school? Give your child the option of how, when, where, and with whom they want to share information about the loss. Regardless of whether they choose to share at school or aren’t ready to do so, help them formulate answers and practice what words to say. My dad killed himself. My mom ended her life. My brother took his life. Daddy lost his battle with depression. My sister died last week, that is all I want to say right now. I really don’t want to talk about it. What special academic needs might my child have after the suicide death? Grief takes up a lot of space in our minds, making it difficult to concentrate. Here are some strategies that can help children in school after a loss: • Arrange for some flexibility with their school workload • Have a friend help them with assignments