POTSDAM – The Corning Incorporated Foundation has provided funding for an important component of Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley’s bereavement program called When Grief Comes to School, an education program for school counselors and administrators who are supporting students affected by a tragic loss.
The experience of grief impacts the lives of children more than many of us realize. In fact, one out of every seven children will experience the death of an immediate family member -- a parent, grandparent, or sibling -- by the time they are 10 years old. It is also likely that children will grieve the loss of a schoolmate who dies suddenly. Because death and the grief that follows are not easily discussed in our society, children are often left to deal with their feelings of grief alone, Hospice says.
When Grief Comes to School, led by Mary Jones, CT, Hospice’s Director of Family Support Services, provides on-site visits to schools upon request, to support the school’s staff and students following the death of a student, parent or teacher. In recent years, Hospice has provided more than 15 on-site visits to numerous school districts in St. Lawrence County.
Jones also provides each of the schools with materials that she has written which include a wealth of information about healthy grieving. These materials include a series of publications that the schools can distribute, and a list of resources about grief available in St. Lawrence County public libraries.